Purple Knights suffer setback at regionally-ranked Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team fell to a 15-3 defeat at regionally-ranked Bentley University in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division action on Friday at DeFelice Field. After the loss, the Purple Knights drop to 12-24 overall and 4-12 in the division, while the Falcons, who are ranked third by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association, improve to 22-16 and 10-4.

Junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) went 2-for-4 for Saint Michael's to reach 113 career hits and move into a tie for third in program history with Tim Pilczak '10. Tice had a double and two RBIs, while sophomore Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Sophomores George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) and Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) each finished 2-for-4, and junior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) recorded a hit and drove in a run. Senior Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) tossed four innings and took the loss as the first of four pitchers.

Senior Kevin Korwek (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) batted 3-for-5 and added three RBIs for Bentley, while junior Sean Keady (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs, two RBIs and a steal. Junior Tom Nagy (Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe) was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs, and classmate Will Brennan (Locust Valley, N.Y./Locust Valley) hit 3-for-5 with a double and four runs. Senior JP Ashline (Clinton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) struck out four batters over seven innings to pick up the win.

The Falcons struck for four runs on five hits in the second inning before Tice knocked an RBI double in the third to make the score 4-1. The hosts added two more in the third, tacked on one in the fourth frame, and added two runs in the fifth to increase their advantage to 9-1. Wild's sac fly with one out in the sixth inning scored junior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene), but Bentley scored twice in the bottom of the frame to extended its lead to 11-2. Tice plated McGuirl with an RBI single in the seventh before the Falcons went on to add a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Purple Knights didn't score in the ninth despite having runners on first and second.

Saint Michael's is back of the field tomorrow when it squares off with Bentley for an away doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.