This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 29 - May 5

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 29 - May 5

Upcoming Schedule: 

Thursday, May 9
Men's Golf @ NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship, 7:30 a.m.# 

Friday, May 10
Men's Golf @ NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship, 7:30 a.m.#

Saturday, May 11
Men's Golf @ NCAA Atlantic/East Regional Championship, 7:30 a.m.#

# Junior Matt Johnson representing Saint Michael's in Greensburg, Pa.

              

Baseball (9-28, 6-21) Defeats Saint Anselm Before Being Swept by Bentley to Close Season 

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-3 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play to conclude its season, defeating Saint Anselm College, 7-4, on Tuesday before being swept by Bentley University in a three-game set on Thursday and Friday. The Purple Knights fell 4-3 during Thursday's opener before dropping 14-0 and 6-2 decisions on Friday.

Against Saint Anselm, first-year Harrison Stampler (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI, a walk, and a stolen base, while senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) batted 1-for-3 with a run and two intentional walks. Sophomore Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning, while classmate Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) hit 2-for-4 with a run, two RBIs, and a sacrifice fly. Junior Lenin Gomez (Edison, N.J./Edison/New Jersey City) went 2-for-4, while sophomore Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) recorded two runs and a stolen base in a 1-for-4 showing. Sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) added a 1-for-4 performance with a run, an RBI, and a sacrifice fly. First-year Sean Birch (Mansfield, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) allowed three runs, including two earned, on three hits across six innings, while walking two and striking out five. He also walked twice at the plate. Sophomore Cameron Cuellar (Seminole, Fla./Seminole) surrendered one run on three hits over three innings of relief, while walking two and striking out two for the win. 

In Thursday's contest against Bentley, Kroeger batted 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI, while Allen hit 2-for-4 with an RBI. First-year Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) batted 2-for-4 with a run, while Moran was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Giroux-Harvey registered a walk in a 1-for-3 showing, while Azpeitia posted a run and a stolen base in a 1-for-4 performance. Sophomore Zach Rodgers (Parrish, Fla./Manatee) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings of work, while walking five and striking out a career-high 10 batters. Sophomore Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) surrendered two runs, none of which were earned, and did not allow a hit across two innings of relief. He walked two while shouldering the loss. The Purple Knights held a 9-4 advantage in hits.

In game one on Friday, Stampler went 2-for-4, while Kroeger batted 1-for-3 with a walk. Senior Max McDowell (Essex Junction, Vt./South Burlington) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks across four innings. In game two, Moran batted 2-for-4 with a run at the plate, while giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits across six innings. He walked three and set down five on strikes. Giroux-Harvey went 1-for-3 with a walk, while Favicchio picked up his first college hit in a 1-for-2 showing. Gomez added a run and was hit by a pitch, while Birch tallied an RBI and a sacrifice fly. Birch also spun two scoreless innings in relief, allowing just two hits, while walking none and striking out two. 

Allen concluded his senior season in the top 10 in program history in multiple categories, finishing second in season home runs (7) and walks (25), tied for second in hits (47), tied for sixth in runs (27), tied for seventh in slugging percentage (.583), and tied for eighth in RBIs (25). His slugging percentage tied for second in the program's NE10 era (1990-98, 2012-present), while his batting average (.356) and on-base percentage (.469) were both fourth. For his career Allen finishes first at the College in doubles (34), second in hits (136), home runs (16), RBIs (73), and saves (5), third in walks (61), fifth in games (131), tied for sixth in slugging (.491), and tied for eighth in runs (65). Allen's slugging percentage narrowly trailed Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Famer Sean Finnell's '94 mark of .494, which is the highest by a Purple Knight who appeared solely during the program's NE10 era. Allen is currently third in the NE10 in on-base percentage and slugging, tied for fifth in home runs, and sixth in batting average.

With his 10 strikeouts on Thursday, Rodgers capped his season with 60 strikeouts, the most by a Purple Knight since Bobo Birsky '45 (61) in 1945. Gomez closed the season with a school-record 17 times hit by a pitch, which also sits tied for sixth in Purple Knight annals in career hit-by-pitches. Stampler's 11 stolen bases for the season are the fourth-most in program history, while Giroux-Harvey's 23 walks puts him tied for fifth in walks. Kroeger capped his season with nine doubles, which is tied for eighth in program history.