WORCESTER, Mass. – Despite a brilliant pitching performance by sophomore Brian Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.), the Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped a 1-0 contest to Assumption College at Rocheleau Field.
Saint Anselm has lost nine consecutive games, falling to 6-25 overall and to 2-14 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Assumption improves to 20-13 with the win, moving to 8-7 versus league opponents. The Hawks will battle the Greyhounds in an NE10 doubleheader on the road this Monday at high noon.
In the home half of the ninth inning, Derek Adamson singled to left field to lead off the inning for the Greyhounds. The very next batter, Trevor McQuade, reached on a fielding error by the new pitcher, David Hunter (Middleton, Mass.), that put runners on first and second.
A pinch hitter, Dillon Zona, walked to load the bases. With sophomore Danny Graceffa (Duxbury, Mass.) on to pitch for Saint Anselm, Assumption walked off on a game-winning single to right field by Matt Lonardo to down the Hawks.
Saint Anselm picked up two hits in the top of the first inning, but Assumption starter Cole Chudoba was able to end the Hawks scoring threat with a fly out to center field. The Hawks also had a one-out single in the top of the second, but Chudoba recorded back-to-back strikeouts to stymie the Saint Anselm offense.
With two men on in the bottom of the third, Wojichowski was able to dance around trouble with back-to-back groundouts to end the stanza. He stranded two more Greyhounds baserunners in the fifth inning, getting a groundout to third base to end yet another scoring threat.
The Hawks had a runner in second base in the top of the ninth inning with one out, but a strikeout preceded a popup to first base to strand the runner in scoring position.
Freshman Enzo Merlonghi (Monroe, Conn.) continued his hot hitting, picking up two hits, with senior Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) also notching two singles in the loss. Merlonghi is riding a five-game hitting streak, collecting eight hits in his previous 16 at-bats (.500) with three extra-base hits.
Graceffa drew the loss for the Hawks, allowing the game-winning hit, with Chudoba finishing with nine strikeouts in as many innings pitched for the Greyhounds. Wojichowski fanned six batters and allowed only four hits in eight innings.