Baseball rallies late to beat Bentley, 5-4

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 5-4 victory over Bentley University on Thursday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.

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The Hawks improve to 9-18 overall and 4-9 in the NE10 and take game one of the three game set against the Falcons this weekend. Bentley drops to 5-19-1 and 3-6-1 in league games with the setback. The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Adam Krol earned his second win of the season, throwing a complete game and allowing four runs (two earned) on 10 hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Bentley's Bill Sullivan suffered the defeat, allowing five runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Seven of the nine batters in the lineup registered hits for the Hawks, led by mulit-hit days from Matthew Flynn (2-for-4, run scored) and Jason Turner (2-for-3). Max Wadington and Nick Bragole each went 1-for-3 with a run scored, while Shaine Carpenter was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI and John Marculitis went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Bentley's Brandon Grover and Luke Figueria each went 2-for-4, while Liam Matheson was 3-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Falcons.

The visitors stuck first in the opening inning as Brandon Grover walked to open the game and then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. After Grover moved to third on a wild pitch, Austin Farry doubled to right center to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. Luke Figueira followed with a double to right that scored Farry and gave Bentley a 2-0 lead.

The Falcons stretched their lead to 3-0 in the top of the second as Grover fired a ball off the leg of Adam Krol and went as an infield single that allowed Jake Pierce to score from third. Bentley would add one more in the top of the fourth as Peter Bocchino stole second base, but the throw got away from the shortstop, allowing Liam Matheson to score from third and put the Falcons in front 4-0.

Saint Anselm was held hitless until the bottom of the third when Jason Turner singled to third base, and he also had the Hawks second hit of the day with a base hit down the left field line in the fifth. The Hawks threatened in the bottom of the sixth as Wadington ended up at third after stealing second and advancing on a groundout, but he would be stranded there to end the inning.

Krol continued to hang zeroes on the scoreboard to give his offense a chance to rally, and the team finally came through in the bottom of the eighth.

Three-straight singles by Flynn, Wadington and Bragole loaded the bases with one out before Shaine Carpenter singled to center to score the first run. John Marculitis stepped in and stroked a double to left-center that scored Bragole and Wadington to make it a 4-3 game.

Bentley made a pitching change, but the first pitch to Jon McQuarrie found the backstop, allowing Carpenter to score and tie the game at 4-4, and moved Marculitis over to third. McQuarrie took another ball before lofting a ball to right field that was deep enough for Marculitis to come home and put the Hawks in front 5-4.

Krol got two quick outs to open the ninth, but Grover doubled off the wall in right center to put a runner in scoring position. Krol was unfazed, however, as he forced Fordiani to pop out to short and end the game.

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