RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team was handed a 9-3 loss by Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday at Pappas Field.
Saint Anselm falls to 6-21 on the season, losing its 10th Northeast-10 Conference tilt of the year. Franklin Pierce, receiving votes in the East Region poll by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, improves to 15-13 overall and to 4-2 against NE10 foes.
Freshman Peyton Goodrich (Portsmouth, N.H.) posted two doubles for the Hawks with freshman Enzo Merlonghi (Monroe, Conn.) securing a double and a single. Senior Connor Parent (Katy, Texas), classmate Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman Drew Boli (Falmouth, Mass.) also picked up hits for Saint Anselm.
A two-hit first inning for the Ravens produced the game's first run. The Hawks quickly drew the game even in the top of the second as a leadoff single by Boli came around to score on a Merlonghi single to left field.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, Franklin Pierce used a stolen base and a single to create a 2-1 advantage. After a scoreless third by both teams, the Hawks again tied the game thanks to a Parent RBI single up the middle that scored Goodrich, who doubled to right center to begin the inning.
A four-run fourth inning put the game out of reach as a bases-clearing triple by freshman Jethro Hurt put the hosts on top for good. Saint Anselm would score another run in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a Franklin Pierce miscue, but the Ravens tacked on three runs in the bottom of the seventh to add insurance down the stretch.
Senior JJ Dunn (Nashua, N.H.) drew the loss, pitching six innings and allowing six earned runs. Freshman Brian Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) allowed three earned runs in his lone inning of relief, giving up five hits, with sophomore Danny Graceffa (Duxbury, Mass.) throwing a scoreless inning of relief.
Senior Zach Hart picked up the win for Franklin Pierce, allowing only two earned runs while striking out five batters across seven innings.