RINDGE, N.H. – Freshman Enzo Merlonghi (Monroe, Conn.) of the Saint Anselm College baseball team extended a season-high hitting streak to eight games on Wednesday in his team's 8-2 loss at Franklin Pierce University.
The Hawks drop to 6-28 on the year, falling in Northeast-10 Conference play for the 17th time out of the 19 total league games played. Franklin Pierce ups its record to 19-16, having won 11 of its 18 games against NE10 opponents to date.
Dating back to Apr. 7, Merlonghi has logged at least one hit in each of his past eight games and is batting .444 (12-for-27) during that stretch. In total, seven Hawks had at least one hit in the six-run loss to the Ravens.
Franklin Pierce scored three runs in the top of the second inning as the Hawks batted second, serving as the home team as the game was originally slated to be played at Sullivan Park. A leadoff single by Jonel Ozuna came around to score as the next batter, Ural Forbes, doubled to left center. After a fly-out to right field, a two-run home run by Jethro Hurt created a 3-0 hole for the Hawks.
With two outs in the top of the third inning, Forbes hit a deep bouncer into the hole, driving in James Boria whose one-out single came back to bite Saint Anselm.
The Hawks would counter in the bottom of the third as freshman Nick Berry (Beverly, Mass.) led off the frame with a double and was scored on a double by the next batter, senior Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.). An one out RBI single by Merlonghi produced the Hawks second run.
The Ravens tallied four runs in the top of the ninth inning, adding insurance. All of the runs were scored with two outs and the big blow came off the bat of Forbes, who smacked a three-run home run to right field that scored Ozuna and Brad Roberto. A bases-loaded walk by Carmine Giordano produced the game's final run.
Sophomore Brian Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) pitched eight inning, striking out six batters, and the Saint Anselm bullpen pitched one inning, allowing four runs. The relief corps gave up three hits and four walks, including the three-run home run by Forbes.
Franklin Pierce hurlers fanned seven Hawks batters, allowing only two runs in nine innings. Danny Gracia earned the victory, despite lasting only two-and-one-third innings, and Jack Wallace picked up the two-inning save, striking out three batters.
The Hawks will host Merrimack at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 25 at Sullivan Park.