WALTHAM, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped a pair of Northeast-10 Conference divisional contests to Bentley University on Sunday afternoon. The Falcons took game one by a score of 14-1 before winning the second game by a 9-1 margin.
The Hawks fall to 6-31 overall on the year and 2-20 against NE10 opponents while Bentley improves to 16-20 overall and 13-9 in league play. Saint Anselm and Bentley are set to conclude the series on Monday, Apr. 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.
The Falcons pushed across four runs in the second inning of game one, two in the fourth, seventh, and eighth innings, and four more in the ninth frame on 13 hits, as the Hawks were the home team in both contests. In the second game, Bentley scored a combined six runs in the fifth and sixth innings on 14 hits in the contest.
Freshman Nick Berry (Beverly, Mass.) had four hits for Saint Anselm over two games, including three in the opener.
Senior Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) and sophomore Max Silverman (Westford, Mass.) each had two hits in game one, including a double. Silverman also scored the lone run in the opener while freshman Matt Collins (Beverly, Mass.) had an RBI.
In the second game, freshman Daniel Baker (Reading, Mass.) had a two-hit contest and drove in Saint Anselm's only run.
Game 1 – Bentley 14, Saint Anselm 1 (BOX SCORE)
After a scoreless first, Bentley scored four times in the second inning on three hits. A leadoff single to Ryan Berardino started the inning, before the next two batters got out via a pop up and a strikeout. Gino Fordiani doubled to score Berardino. After a walk was issued, Kyle Halloran scored Fordiani. A stolen base and an intentional walk loaded the bases, before Christopher Butler scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks scored the fourth run of the inning.
Saint Anselm got a run back in the bottom of the inning. After Silverman was hit with a pitch, he advanced to second on a failed pick-off attempt. Collins singled up the middle to plate Silverman from second.
Bentley added two more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Max Troiani. The Hawks put a pair of runners on in the bottom of the fourth but could not bring the runners around to score.
After a quiet fifth and sixth inning by both teams, the Falcons added a pair of runs in the seventh on a two-run shot by Brandon Grover, before extending their lead to 10-1 in the eighth. Bentley added four runs in the ninth to conclude the scoring.
Freshman David Hunter (Middleton, Mass.) went six innings for the Hawks in defeat, allowing eight runs on seven hits and six walks. He also finished with six strikeouts, matching a season-high. Evan Christopulos got the win for Bentley going eight innings and striking out six while allowing just the one unearned run.
Game 2 – Bentley 9, Saint Anselm 1 (BOX SCORE)
In the second game, Bentley opened the scoring in the first inning on a RBI single by Jake Pierce after Troiani started the inning with a double. Falcons starting pitcher Paul Frisoli had a strong start to the contest, allowing just two hits over the first four innings of play.
Bentley scored twice in the fifth for a 3-0 lead. After a pair of back-to-back singles started the inning, Pierce came up with another big hit with runners in scoring position, singling up the middle to plate both runners.
The Hawks cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Connor Parent (Katy, Texas) doubled to right center with one away, before Baker brought him around to score with a single to left field.
However, the Falcons scored four times in the sixth frame, keyed by a one-out two-run single by Halloran and a two-out two run single by Mike Samko. Bentley added a run in the seventh and ninth as Frisoli allowed just one base runner from the sixth inning on.
Senior Preston Yerrington (Manchester, N.H.) took the loss for Saint Anselm on the bump. He pitched five and one third innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and a walk. He finished the afternoon with four strikeouts. Frisoli got the complete-game win for the Falcons, striking out 11 batters and limiting Saint Anselm to just four hits.