This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 28-May 4

Baseball (7-25, 6-19) Beats No. 25 Franklin Pierce, Head Coach Strong Drops Interim Tag

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 2-1 last week against Northeast-10 Conference foes. The Purple Knights knocked off Saint Anselm College, 5-1, on Tuesday and then traveled to 25th-ranked Franklin Pierce University to split a Thursday doubleheader, winning 5-4 and then losing 13-2. The Ravens' ranking is according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. On Friday, head coach Scott Strong had the interim tag dropped from his title, as he will remain the program's head coach. Strong joined the staff on April 1 and led the team to six wins, including capturing four of its final seven games.

Against Saint Anselm, first-year Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) allowed one run on six hits during eight strong innings for the hosts, striking out five and walking two. It was the second time in three starts he yielded only one run in at least eight frames, as Winkelmann finished 3-2 on the season. Junior George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) was 3-for-4 with one run, two RBIs and a double, and senior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a double and a walk. Senior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was 2-for-3 with a run and a walk, and junior Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) posted two hits and a run. Classmate Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) walked three times. Sophomore Jackson Morgan (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College) fired a perfect ninth inning.

In game one at Franklin Pierce, first-year Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) became the second Purple Knight rookie in three years to defeat the Ravens, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two. Sophomore John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) tossed 0.1 innings before junior Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) worked a five-out save, allowing two unearned runs on one hit for his second save of the spring. As a first-year, Corkum tossed a complete game on April 15, 2012, to upset then 15th-ranked Franklin Pierce, 5-3. Buteau was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and his third home run of the season. Senior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) and sophomore Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) both had a hit, a run and a walk, with Feeney doubling, and McGuirl doubled and drove in a run.

In game two, Feeney was 2-for-2 with a walk, and senior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) drove in two runs. Buteau and Livingston both singled and scored, with Livingston ending his career riding a 13-game hitting streak and Buteau extending his own run to 11 straight games with a hit heading into 2015. Nelson added a knock to finish his career with 98 hits, good for 10th in program history. McGuirl has 97 and Elderton, who did not play during the twinbill, stands at 96. As the first of five pitchers, sophomore Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs in 3.1 innings.

by student intern Eric Gissendanner