|Anna Maria College||Saint Joseph's College|
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – #20/22 Saint Joseph’s College (30-6, 13-1 GNAC) toppled Anna Maria College (7-31, 0-14 GNAC), 19-1 and 6-1, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) doubleheader at the New England Baseball Complex on Saturday afternoon.
With the sweep, and Suffolk University’s split with Johnson & Wales University today, Saint Joseph’s clinches the top seed in the GNAC Tournament for the third-consecutive season and sixth time since joining the conference in 2008. With a first-round bye, the Monks will host the winner of Tuesday’s #4/#5 single-elimination matchup on Thursday, opponent and start time TBD.
The Monks are now the first team in the New England Region to reach the 30-win plateau. Saint Joseph’s has notched 30 wins in 13 different seasons, including 12 under the watch of 25th-year Head Coach Will Sanborn.
GAME ONE – SAINT JOSEPH’S 19, ANNA MARIA 1
The Monks sent five runners home off three hits in the second, as junior Chris Gerossie (Chester, N.H.) and sophomore Joey Murphy (Derry, N.H.) registered an RBI apiece and senior shortstop Max McCoomb (South Berwick, Maine) launched a two-run homer to stake the visitors to an early lead.
St. Joe’s proceeded to put the game out of reach with two runs in the fourth and sixth in the fifth and tacked on three runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
SJC sophomore starter Grayson Jennings (Mililani, Hawaii) improved to 3-1 on the season after scattering four hits with five K’s in five innings. Senior Nick Malatesta (Wrentham, Mass.) allowed an unearned run while walking four and fanning three in two frames of relief.
Anna Maria starter Zach Parker took the loss and falls to 1-1 after surrendering 13 runs (seven earned) of 11 hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
McCoomb was 3-4 with two runs, a double, a homer, and four RBI.
Senior first baseman Brett Barbati (Melrose, Mass.) went 2-2 with two runs and an RBI.
Murphy added two hits with two runs, a double, a stolen base, and three RBI in five at-bats.
Senior Scott Betts (Peabody, Mass.) and sophomore Greg Emanuelson (Hudson, N.H.) both launched three-run homers.