Tice reaches 100 hits during baseball's setback to Saint Anselm
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Saint Michael's College baseball junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) became the eighth player in the 100-year history of the program to reach 100 career hits on Tuesday during his team's 8-2 Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division setback to Saint Anselm College at Sullivan Park. The Purple Knights fell to 7-17 overall and 0-6 in the division, while the Hawks are 13-16-1 and 2-4.
Tice finished 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, becoming the first Saint Michael's junior to reach the 100-hit plateau. He is tied with Dan Doherty '02 for seventh all time (100), and trails Seth Cole '01 by one for sixth place.
Sophomore Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) was also 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, junior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) doubled and finished with two walks, while senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled in a run. Classmate Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) was saddled with the loss, tossing 1.1 innings as the first of three Purple Knight pitchers.
Senior Richie Manzi (Plymouth, N.H./Plymouth Regional) was 3-for-4 with two runs for Saint Anselm, junior Tito Lluberes (Lawrence, Mass./Lawrence) went 2-for-3 with three runs and a pair of hit-by-pitches, while senior Rett Ostafin (Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Suffield Academy) drove in three runs. Junior Zachary Brian (Stoneham, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) allowed one earned run over six innings for the win.
After Tice's hard single past the first baseman in the opening inning gave him the milestone and his team's first base runner, Saint Anselm scored three times on one hit, three hit batsmen and two walks in the home half.
Junior Jason Moore (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) walked and stole second with two down in the second before being stranded, and the Hawks extended their lead to 5-0 with a pair of sac flies in the bottom portion.
Tice scored on an error in the fourth to get his team on the board, but Hawks scored on a balk and a groundout in the fifth, and the hosts led by a 7-1 count. Begnoche doubled home Elderton with two down in the sixth before Nelson followed with a walk, but both were left on base.
In a 7-2 game, junior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) walked leading off the seventh before classmate David Valley (Essex, Vt./Essex/Keene State) was plunked, but the duo was stranded. Saint Anselm added an insurance run on an Ostafin RBI groundout in the eighth.
The Purple Knights complete a home-and-home set with the Hawks tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.