Baseball tripped up by Franklin Pierce in home finale

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball closed out its home slate of contests with a 15-3 loss to Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday.

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The Hawks fall to 11-25 on the season and to 5-17 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Franklin Pierce has won six-straight games, improving to 29-12-1 and to 18-6 in the league. The Hawks will take on Bentley this Thursday, Mar. 3 in a rescheduled game to be played at 3:30 p.m. on the road.

Saint Anselm mashed 12 hits on the day but scored only three runs whereas the Ravens were able to push across 15 runs on 13 hits. Freshman Matthew Butigian continues to be on an offensive tear for the Hawks, collecting two hits in each of his last three games played. Senior John Marculitis and junior Tyler McKeon each picked up two hits as well.

The Hawks picked up two runs in the bottom of the third inning as a Butigian double preceded a two-bagger by Connor Parent to cut the Franklin Pierce lead to 4-2. Vinnie Fortini reached on a fielder's choice in the home half of the eighth inning, driving home the third Hawks run as Dan Bodi crossed the plate.

Franklin Pierce slugged three home runs, including a grand slam in the first inning off Hawks starter Griffin St. Onge. Adam Chase was the offensive star for the Ravens, going 4-for-4 while driving in five runs.

Michael Dreske, Zane Byrne, Ryan Schworer and Collin Smith all allowed runs in relief – Mathew Kurnik pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning for Saint Anselm, striking out two batters.

John Amendola improved to 6-1 for the Ravens, pitching seven strong innings in which he allowed only two earned runs. Evan Glew allowed one run on three hits in the eighth inning and Patrick Hannon closed the door on Saint Anselm in the bottom of the ninth, striking out one batter.