MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team concluded the season series against Merrimack College with an 8-5 loss on Thursday at Sullivan Park.
Saint Anselm drops to 6-29 overall and to 2-18 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. With the victory, Merrimack has swept the season series with three wins over the Hawks to date, upping its overall record to 23-13 and its league mark to 16-4.
The Hawks are scheduled to host Bentley on Saturday, Apr. 27 at 2 p.m.
Merrimack jumped ahead by a 2-0 lead after a bouncing ball struck by Michael Golankiewicz down the line kicked off the first base bag, allowing two runners to score. From there, Anthony Garbarino picked up an RBI single and Thomas Joyce produced a two-run single to right field to create a 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
The Hawks cut into the deficit with a single run in the bottom of the third, scoring on a groundout by senior Connor Parent (Katy, Texas).
Merrimack plated two runs in the top of the fourth, using a sacrifice fly and a Thomas Crowley single to left field. The Hawks responded with a walk by freshman Drew Boli (Falmouth, Mass.) and a base hit by classmate Matt Collins (Beverly, Mass.) in the bottom of the stanza, but Merrimack was able to induce two pop-ups to get out of the jam.
Senior Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) scored his team's second run of the afternoon, coming across to score after a groundout by Boli in the top of the sixth inning. The Hawks would post three more runs in the bottom half of the next inning with a Larranaga fielder's choice producing a run along with a two-RBI double by sophomore Ben Horsfall (Westborough, Mass.).
Ahead by only two runs in the top of the ninth inning, Merrimack pushed across an insurance run with a Garbarino RBI single up the middle. The Warriors put the game out of reach in the bottom of the ninth, getting three quick outs to escape Manchester with the three-run victory.
Senior JJ Dunn (Nashua, N.H.) earned the start, making a career-high 12th appearance in one season. He fanned one batter in one inning of work. Freshman Andy Grygorcewicz (Northampton, Mass.) allowed five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, drawing the loss. Classmate Taylor French (Goffstown, N.H.) provided two-and-one-third innings of relief, allowing two earned runs.
Junior Jared Ferris (Methuen, Mass.) pitched admirably in relief, throwing a career-high five innings and allowing only one earned run.
Freshman Cedric Gillette earned the victory on the mound for Merrimack, pitching six innings and allowing only one earned run. Trevor Cooley allowed three earned runs in as many innings for the Warriors, but was able to shut down the Hawks in the final two innings to lock down the win.