WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team opened a three-game series against Bentley University on Friday at DeFelice Field, losing 12-0 during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 5-19 overall and 1-8 in the league, while the Falcons improved to 13-12 and 7-3 behind their fourth straight win. The teams return to the diamond tomorrow for a 12 p.m. doubleheader.
The Purple and Gold, which is playing the home team during all three games this weekend, saw first-year Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) double and walk, while junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) also had a hit and a walk. Classmate Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) also ripped a double, and junior Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Senior Patrick Martin (Wilton, N.H./Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) was the most effective of three relievers, tossing a shutout eighth inning.
Junior Brandon Glover was 3-for-4 with three runs, an RBI and a walk for Bentley, graduate student Nathan Littman finished 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI and two stolen bases, while sophomore Chris Hopkins drove in four. Junior Luke Dawson tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out 12 and walking two.
The Falcons scored three runs in the top of the first inning, all after the first two batters were retired. Sophomore Max Troiani hit a solo home run to start the scoring, and Hopkins followed with a two-run double. Saint Michael's left a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings, with Robertson reaching second on a two-out error in the opening frame before first-year Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) singled and stole second in the second. Sophomore Ryan Berardino's RBI single pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third.
Robertson led off the fourth with a walk before moving to third on Allen's double, but Dawson recovered by striking out the side. Moran began the sixth with a two-bagger but advanced no further, and Bentley pulled away with six runs on five hits in the seventh, with Hopkins' two-run single the big blow.