Baseball (4-33, 3-21 NE10) Caps Season with Four Setbacks to Regionally-Ranked Franklin Pierce
The Saint Michael's College baseball team finished its season by going 0-4 in a Northeast-10 Conference series with regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University last week, falling 7-0 and 4-0 in seven innings on Thursday and 13-0 in seven innings and 12-9 on Saturday. The Ravens were sixth in last week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and NCAA East Region rankings. Thirteen of the Purple Knights' final 25 games were decided by three runs or less.
On Thursday, sophomore Andrew Lanthier (Orwell, Vt./Fair Haven Union) went 5-for-8 during the doubleheader while moving into a tie for ninth in program history with 16 career stolen bases, matching Seth Cole '01, Eric Libardoni '05 and Jacob Begnoche '13. Saint Michael's was narrowly edged in hits, 17-15, while a trio of pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts to the Ravens' 11. The Purple Knights held Franklin Pierce well below its scoring average (7.6), which was good for fourth in the region, and under its batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, each of which was among the top 10 in the region entering the day. Sophomore Jared Duquette (Morrisonville, N.Y./Saranac) tossed his fourth complete game of the season, matching Curt Echo '16 in 2015 for the most by a Purple Knight since 2007, when Billy Gamache '07 had five and Mike Robert '10 eight. Duquette tied for 13th in Saint Michael's annals in season strikeouts (44), just three away from joining the top 10. Senior Sean Birch (Mansfield, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) also reached the 40-strikeout plateau on Thursday, with 40 on the nose. He and Duquette are just the second pair of Purple Knight pitchers to fan 40 in the same season, after Austin Ziskie '12 (45) and Andrew Kelley '13 (44) in 2012.
Lanthier finished 2-for-4 with a hit by pitch in the opener, and senior John Luke Cianciolo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford/New Haven) was 2-for-4. Junior Anthony Santosuosso (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) batted 2-for-5, first-year Evan Balian (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) went 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch and a double, and sophomore Matt Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Birch tossed four-plus innings with six hits, four runs, three walks and three strikeouts to take the loss before first-year Maverick King (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) fired five innings in relief, allowing three runs - two earned - on six hits.
Lanthier went 3-for-4 with a steal in the nightcap, when first-year Terence Moynihan (Stoneham, Mass./Saint Mary's) turned in a 2-for-3 effort. Sophomore Justin Garcia (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) was 1-for-2 with a walk, and Duquette went all seven innings, yielding four runs - one earned - on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
In Saturday's opener, senior Brady Perron (Barton, Vt./Lake Region Union) was 1-for-2 with a walk and a double, sophomore Brady Clark (Springfield, Vt./Springfield) finished 2-for-2 with a double, and Lanthier was 1-for-3. Senior Ozzie Rodríguez (Tampa, Fla./Boca Ciega) went 2.2 innings with four hits, nine runs - three earned - five walks and one strikeout. Sophomore Joey Hosea (Dorchester, Mass./Catholic Memorial) allowed two runs on six hits during 3.1 frames of relief with two walks and four strikeouts before senior Ryan Hosea (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Collegiate Charter School) tossed one inning with four hits and two runs.
Moynihan was 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI during game two, when Lanthier finished 2-for-4 with two runs and a hit by pitch. Clark was 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk, and senior Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) had one run, a hit by pitch, a sacrifice and a stolen base. First-year Jarret Muzzy (Ferrisburgh, Vt./Vergennes Union) went three innings with 10 hits, seven runs, six earned runs and three walks before King took the loss after allowing five runs - two earned - on eight hits in 4.1 innings with one walk and four strikeouts. First-year Colby Fane-Cushing (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) fired 1.2 innings of shutout, no-hit ball, walking one and striking out one. Moynihan finished the year with 39 hits, tying for 20th in program history and coming within five of the school's rookie mark, shared by Adam Sargent '97 (1994) and Danté Moran '21 (2018).