COLCHESTER, Vt. - In a game that featured 19 runners left on base, the Saint Anselm College baseball team scored in the first inning for the only run of a 1-0 victory against Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights slipped to 8-20 overall and 2-9 in the Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division, while the Hawks are now 18-18-1 and 6-3-1.
Sophomore Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) had his best outing of the season for the hosts, yielding one earned run on six hits in five-plus innings. He struck out two and walked two prior to classmate Corey Livingston (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) tossing four frames of shutout four-hit relief. Livingston fanned two. Senior Chadwick Estey (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) went 2-for-4, upping his career hit total to 99.
Three Hawks had two hits, while sophomore Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) drove in classmate Tito Lluberes (Lawrence, Mass./Lawrence) in the first inning for the game's only run. Saint Anselm left 12 on base. Senior Neil Hesek (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) tossed seven innings, allowing five hits while striking out six, before junior James Farrington (West Milford, N.J./DePaul Catholic) picked up his fourth save by fanning the side in the ninth.
Saint Anselm struck for its run in the top of the first, with Lluberes beginning the inning by sneaking a single through the left side before the Hawks loaded the bases with one out. Myers induced a pop-up off the bat of Lagasse that drifted into shallow left field and got caught in the wind, landing safely as a fielder tried making a difficult catch. Myers forced the next two batters to fly out to left field, adverting further damage. After allowing four to reach base in the opening frame, only six batters reached over Myers' final four-plus innings. He worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the second.
The Purple Knights strung together their first two hits in the third, with Estey singling into right field to lead off and freshman Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) hitting a pitch into left with one down. However, with the bases loaded and two out, Hesek got the next batter to fly out. Saint Michael's left runners at second and third during the following inning.
Livingston inherited a runner in the sixth but retired three of the four batters he faced in that inning before pitching around back-to-back one-out Saint Anselm singles in the seventh. Sophomore Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) led off the home half with a single and twice moved up 90 feet on groundouts before being stranded.
In the ninth, sophomore Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) was hit by a Farrington pitch with one out, but classmate Nick Barton (Colchester, Vt./Colchester), the pinch runner, never advanced past first base.
The Purple Knights break from league action on Thursday when they head to Northfield for a 4 p.m. contest with in-state rival Norwich University.