Purple Knights suffer setback during first NE-10 home game in 14 years

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team hosted its first Northeast-10 Conference game in 14 years on Tuesday at Doc Jacobs Field and fell to Saint Anselm College, 14-0. The Purple Knights, who are in their first season as a league member since 1998, are 4-14 overall and 0-5 in the NE-10 Northeast Division, while Saint Anselm is 11-14-1 and 3-1-1.

Sophomore Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) doubled, while junior Collin Fishman (Bethesda, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), sophomore Corey Livingston (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) and freshman George Buteau (South Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) each singled for the Purple Knights. Classmate Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) held the Hawks scoreless on one hit for the first three innings before being saddled with the loss. He yielded four earned runs in 4.2 frames.

Sophomore Mike DeSimone (Southwick, Mass./Cathedral) had three hits for Saint Anselm, while classmate Nate Gonya (Wolfeboro, N.H./Holderness) was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Junior Robert Kelly (Aurora, Colo./Santa Margarita Catholic) hit a home run while adding two RBIs. Senior John Healy (Cranston, R.I./Cranston East) struck out nine in seven innings while allowing four hits.

The squads battled through a scoreless first three innings, with Corkum setting down his first eight batters. The Purple Knights had a hit in each of the opening two frames but came away empty. The Hawks pulled away by putting up six runs - only two earned - on four hits in the fourth inning, with Lagasse plating two with a double, as the visitors bunched their 14 runs into a four-inning span between the fourth and seventh. The Purple Knights threatened by putting runners at the corners in the fourth frame, but a groundout ended the inning.

Saint Anselm plated two during the fifth inning before extending the lead with four runs on five hits in the sixth, as Kelly scored two with a one-out home run. The Hawks plated two more during the seventh before being shut down in the ninth by senior Jesse Sullivan (Saugus, Mass./Pingree School), who retired all three batters he faced, one on a strikeout.

The Purple Knights host The College of Saint Rose on Friday for an NE-10 twinbill that begins at 12 p.m.