NORTH ANDOVER, MA- The Merrimack baseball team dropped a 7-0 decision to Saint Anselm Friday afternoon at Warrior Diamond. With the loss, the Warriors slip to 17-25 on the year and 4-10 in the Northeast Division of the Northeast-10 Conference. The Hawks improve to 24-19-2 overall and remain atop the divisional standings with a 12-4-1 mark.
Merrimack was led by Tim Curran (Weymouth, MA), Casey Cotter (North Hampton, NH) and John Pastyrnak (Bristol, CT) with two base hits each. Joe Mantoni (Northbridge, MA), Eddie Newton (North Billerica, MA) and Joe Burnham (Woburn, MA) all chipped in with a base knock on the day. Burnham picked up the Warriors' lone extra-base hit on the afternoon with a double while Newton swiped the hosts' only stolen base in the game.
Saint Anselm tallied a run in the top of the first inning to claim a quick 1-0 edge. After Tito Lluberes led off the contest with a single, Robert Kelly rolled a groundout to the right side of the infield to score Lluberes from third with two outs in the frame.
The visitors added a pair of runs in the second as Jeffrey Criscuolo and Andrew Chandler registered back-to-back RBI hits to push the lead to 3-0. Criscuolo singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Mike Hayden and Chandler doubled to right center to plate Nate Gonya.
The Hawks doubled their advantage to six runs with three scores in the sixth, 6-0. Dan Lagasse opened the inning with a lead-off double before Hayden hooked a two-run homer around the foul pole in left field. Chandler recorded his second RBI of the day with a single to right to knock in Gonya from third.
Criscuolo picked up his second RBI of the contest in the eighth to give Saint Anselm a 7-0 lead. He tripled to right center with one out to score Hayden from first.
Joe Carnevale (East Providence, RI) pitched six innings in his team-high 10th start of the season. The rookie allowed four earned runs while fanning a pair of batters. Brian Wolfendale (Methuen, MA) tossed the final three frames for Merrimack. In his ninth relief appearance of the 2012 campaign, the junior southpaw racked up five strikeouts while surrendering just two hits and one run.
Merrimack will hit the road for a three-game weekend series at Franklin Pierce April 28 and 29.