Southworth's walk-off single caps late rally, Purple Knights win, 6-5, in 10 innings

Southworth's walk-off single caps late rally, Purple Knights win, 6-5, in 10 innings

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Sophomore Harry Southworth's (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) 10th-inning walk-off RBI single capped the Saint Michael's College baseball team's season-ending 6-5 comeback victory over Saint Anselm College on Thursday at Doc Jacobs Field. The Purple Knights, who plated three runs in the ninth to force extra frames, finished the year 4-25 overall and 4-23 in the Northeast-10 Conference, breaking a tie in the standings with the Hawks, who ended up 11-32 and 5-22.

Saint Michael's is now 7-7 against Saint Anselm since 2013, including 5-2 at home in that time. Junior PJ Jasak (Palmer, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy/Le Moyne) picked up his first collegiate triple and scored the winning run, while Southworth had a hit, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch. On the final swing of his college career, senior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) sent a two-out, two-run double to left center in the ninth.

Sophomore Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and a hit-by-pitch, first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was 2-for-5 with a run, three RBIs, a double and a steal, while sophomore Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled and walked. Senior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) walked and stole a base, breaking a tie with Drew Hamilton '95 and Juan Montanez '02 to finish fourth in program history with 22 steals. His 25 hits by pitch are a record.

Sophomore Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) allowed two runs on six hits over the first four frames, striking out two, and classmate Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) yielded two runs - but one earned - on five hits in three frames. When he allowed the earned run, Devine's run of 20.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, including 20 in a row since moving to the bullpen, came to an end. Junior Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) earned his second career win in relief, yielding one run on three hits in three frames while striking out two and walking one.

Senior Nick Bragole was 4-for-5 with two runs for the Hawks, and sophomore Tyler McKeon finished 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and a walk. Senior John Lavoie tossed a one-hit shutout through six innings with four strikeouts and two walks before his bullpen allowed all six runs. Sophomore Jonathan Dunn was saddled with the loss after giving up the winning run on two hits in 0.1 innings.

McKeon blooped a double down the right field line with one down in the seventh before coming home on junior Max Wadington's soft single through the right side to make it 4-0, but Hopkins drilled his ninth double of the year to the left center gap in the home half to plate Winthrop and senior Kyle Cone (York, Maine/York). Brennan left Hawks at the corners to end the eighth inning in his first frame of work. McKeon added to the visitors' lead by scoring on a wild pitch all the way from second base during the ninth.

Saint Michael's tied the game in the ninth with three runs on three hits. Hopkins' single up the middle scored Winthrop, who had led off with a double. Auger and Hopkins pulled off a double steal and, with two down, Salk followed by nearly hitting a walk-off homer in his final college plate appearance, launching a double off the fence in left center to knot the contest. Brennan pitched around a leadoff error in the 10th, leaving the potential go-ahead run at second, and Jasak led off the home half with a triple to the right center gap, narrowly beating the throw to third base. Southworth followed with a single back up the box with the infield drawn in.

Saint Michael's threatened in the first inning, as Salk and Allen both walked with two down but were left on, while the Hawks knocked two singles in a scoreless second, buoyed by catcher Jasak cutting down a runner trying to steal second. Saint Anselm broke through with two runs on three hits in the fourth inning, using an RBI groundout from junior Dan Bodi and an infield RBI single by sophomore Jason Turner to plate the runs.

In the home half of the fourth, sophomore Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), Southworth and Winthrop were all hit by pitches to load the bases with one out, but Lavoie pitched around damage with a strikeout and a fly ball to center field. McKeon blooped a single down the right field line with one down in the fifth, but Devine snared a line drive back to the mound to begin an inning-ending double play. The Hawks added an insurance run on a dropped popup with two down in the sixth.