Saint Anselm outslugged, swept by Adelphi, Pace University

Eli Fish, Crier Staff

    The Saint Anselm Baseball team was swept by the Panthers of Adelphi University at Sullivan Park on Saturday, and then by the Setters of Pace University on Sunday.
    Pitching and hitting were the major factors in the four losses, as the Hawks were only able to collect 5 hits in a 13-1 loss to Adelphi in the first of a two game set.
    Granted the Ed Baram, the Panter’s ace was on the mound, and was his usual dominant self.
    The game remained scoreless through the first three innings until Adelphi opened up the scoring with six runs in the fourth inning.
    Game two of the afternoon was similar, a 9-0 defet that saw the Hawks only collect two hits, and surrender ten hits, and 8 walks.
    Freshman shortstop Matt Collins was the lone bright spot on the afternoon as he finished the Saturday series 3-6 with a run scored and a walk.
    The Hawks turned around and played the Setters of Pace University the following day. The Hawks received great starting pitching out of their unheralded ace Preston Yerrington.
    The senior went 6 2/3 innings allowing just one run (unearned) on three hits, while walking three and striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 1.17 on the year.
    Although the Hawks had the lead after Freshman Enzo Merlonghi plated Freshman Peyton Goodrich on a ground out in the bottom half of the 6th inning, Pace would answer in the top of the 8th, scoring 5 times to take a commanding 6-2 lead, while finishing off the Hawks in their final six at bats.
    It was a disappointing loss for the Hawks who struggled in their second game against Pace, losing by a score of 14-1 to the Setters.
    They fall to 6-20 on the season and will look to improve on their record when they travel to Rindge for a showdown with Franklin Pierce this Wednesday, followed by a weekend series at home against NE-10 opponent Merrimack.