Conaton, Larranaga star in baseball's 5-3 victory over Stonehill

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team picked up a 5-3 victory in eight innings over Stonehill College at a rain-soaked Sullivan Park on Monday afternoon.

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Saint Anselm improves to 11-23 on the year and to 5-15 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Stonehill drops to 16-19 to date, dipping to 9-13 against league opponents. The Hawks return to action Tuesday, May 1, hosting Franklin Pierce at 3 p.m.

Batting third in the lineup, junior Oscar Larranaga picked up two doubles in the game and drove in a team-leading two runs. Hawks starter Will Conaton secured his first career pitching victory for the Hawks, striking out five of the first six batters he faced and finished the day with only one earned run allowed.

In the seventh inning with the score tied at three, Tyler McKeon led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. Max Wadington sacrificed McKeon over, placing a runner in scoring position for Saint Anselm with only one out. Freshman Matthew Butigian singled up the middle and later scored after driving in the run, coming around on a Larranaga double to create a 5-3 Hawks lead.

Preston Yerrington came on in relief to start the eighth inning, striking out the first batter he faced before inducing back-to-back flyouts to center field to end the scoring threat for Stonehill. The Hawks posted back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning, but the game was called due to darkness.

Three first-inning errors by the Hawks led to two quick runs for Stonehill. With the first batter of the game reaching on a throwing error, a bouncer up the middle by the Skyhawks' Tyler Carey drove in Rocco. On a stolen base by Carey, the Hawks threw the ball away twice on the same play, allowing Stonehill to score its second run of the frame.

Larranaga's first double of the game halved the Stonehill lead in the bottom of the first as he drove home Max Wadington to bring the score to 2-1. McKeon tied the game at two in the bottom of the second inning, reaching first base on a fielding error by the Stonehill shortstop as John Marculitis crossed the plate.

An infield hit by Dan Bodi in the bottom of the third inning scored Butigian, boosting Saint Anselm to a 3-2 lead. Rocco tied the game for Stonehill in the top of the fifth, singling to left field to bring the score even at 3-3.

Justin Lynch started for the Skyhawks, allowing two earned runs in two-and-a-third innings. Chris Murphy pitched just shy of four innings of scoreless relief, striking out four batters. Jeremiah Vargas drew the loss for Stonehill, allowing two runs in one-third of an inning before the Skyhawks closer, Joe Klingensmith, pitched two-thirds of an inning to end the home half of the seventh inning.