|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 TWO – SAINT JOSEPH’S 6, ANNA MARIA 1
The game stood at a 1-1 tie after one inning, but Emanuelson and Betts hit back-to-back doubles in the second and senior Dan Donovan (Lynn, Mass.) notched an RBI triple and scored on an Emanuelson base hit in the third to lift the Royal Blue to a 4-1 lead. Senior Jameson Collins (Sandown, N.H.) capped the game-scoring with a two-run single in the fourth.
Gerossie, making his first appearance on the hill since April 14th, did not factor into the decision after giving up a run off three hits and five walks with three K’s in 3.1 innings. Junior Marc Poirier (Lunenburg, Mass.) picked up the win after tossing 1.2 innings of no-hit relief while walking one and fanning three. Junior Josh Partridge (Deerfield, N.H.) closed out the game, issuing one free pass and striking out two in two innings.
Anna Maria starter Matthew Leahey falls to 0-8 on the season after yielding six runs off 11 hits and two walks while fanning four in 6.2 innings.
Collins went 3-4 with a run and two RBI.
Emanuelson was 2-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.
McCoomb added two hits, a run, and a double in four at-bats.
Sophomore third baseman Noah McDaniel (Eliot, Maine) belted his first collegiate home run – a solo shot in the first inning.