Baseball opens home slate with 6-1 victory over Saint Michael's

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior JJ Dunn of the Saint Anselm College baseball team pitched eight strong innings for the Hawks, allowing only one run in a 6-1 victory over Saint Michael's College at Sullivan Park on Wednesday.

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Saint Anselm (7-9, 1-2 NE10) picked up its first Northeast-10 Conference victory of the year, winning its home opener in the process. Saint Michael's drops to 4-14 on the season, having lost all three of its conference games to date.

The Hawks host Assumption this Saturday, Mar. 31 at high noon.

Dunn improves to 5-0 on the season, having allowed only five earned runs across 32.2 innings of work for the Hawks. He struck out six Saint Michael's batters on the day and yielded only five hits – the one run he allowed to the Purple Knights was unearned.

With the score deadlocked at one in the home half of the seventh inning, catcher Jason Turner singled through the right side, advancing freshman Tyler McKeon to third base – a throwing miscue by the Saint Michael's right fielder allowed the go-ahead run to score for Saint Anselm.

Aaron Crandall followed with an RBI double to left field, driving in Turner to continue the seventh-inning damage by the Hawks. Crandall was later driven in by freshman Matthew Butigian and his RBI bunt single that landed about three feet in front of home plate. Connor Parent had the inning's big blow, delivering a two-run single through the right side to score Max Wadington and Butigian to grow the lead to 6-1.

After briskly-played first and second innings, the Hawks scored the game's first run in the bottom of the third inning with two outs. With Butigian and Crandall on first and second, respectively, Wadington singled through the left side – following an error by the left fielder, Crandall crossed home plate with the game's first run.

Saint Michael's knotted the game at one in the top of the fourth inning. Iset Maldonado drew a one-out walk and later advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Dunn. Dante Moran punished the Hawks with a single to left field, scoring Maldonado from third base.

Butigian finished the day with two hits and Parent had a team-best two runs batted in. Crandall had his team's lone extra-base hit of the day with an RBI double in the seventh inning.

Alex Mendez drew the loss for Saint Michael's, allowing five earned runs in 6.1 innings of work. Christian Devine yielded one earned run on one hit with a strikeout and Hunter Ruiz followed with a scoreless inning of relief work.

Garofalo pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one.