#13/16 Franklin Pierce Edges Saint Anselm, 3-2
Duplissie homer the difference as Ravens see shutout streak halted, but win sixth-straight
RINDGE, N.H. (April 27, 2006) - Franklin Pierce, ranked 13th in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll and 16th in Collegiate Baseball magazine's Division II coaches poll, saw its record shutout streak come to an end, but collected its sixth straight win with a 3-2 victory over Saint Anselm College in Northeast-10 Conference baseball action at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field this afternoon.
Franklin Pierce, winners of 13 of its last 14 and 18 of 20, had its shutout streak halted after four-straight games. Saint Anselm scored a single run in the second inning to end the Ravens pitching staffs shutout inning streak at 40.
Senior All-American Bryan Duplissie (East Swanzey, N.H./Monadnock Regional) led Franklin Pierce as he hit 2-for-4, including a go-ahead solo home run in the sixth that put the Ravens up for good. Freshman Scott Savastano (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and RBI, while senior Elliot Shea (Jaffrey, N.H./Conant) finished 1-4 with a triple and RBI. Senior Randy Fenton (Worcester, Mass./Doherty) also tripled in three at bats and scored a run.
Senior Tyler Cummings (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) earned his seventh win of the season (7-1), allowing two runs, just one earned, on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in the complete game effort.
Junior right-hander Ryan Williams (Lynnfield, Mass./St. John's Prep) went the distance on the mound in a losing effort for Saint Anselm (5-2). He allowed three earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Senior Anthony Modoono (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) paced the offense as he hit 1-for-4 with an RBI, stolen base and run scored. Junior Wayne MacKay (Melrose, Mass./Melrose) was 1-3 with a run scored.
Saint Anselm struck first with a single run in the first, ending Franklin Pierce's shutout inning streak at 40. Modoono led off with a single and advanced to third on an error on the next play before scoring on a ground out to second by junior Chris Greeke (Hamilton, Mass./Hamilton-Wenham).
Franklin Pierce knotted the score in the fourth as senior Mike Chambers (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) led off with a single and later scored on a two-out single through the left side by Savastano after stealing second. The Ravens took a lead in the fifth on back-to-back two-out triples from Fenton and Shea.
The Hawks evened things in the sixth when MacKay led off with a single and later scored when Modoono reached on a fielder's choice. The Ravens regained the lead for good in the home half when Duplissie belted his team-leading tenth homer of the season to right with one out. Cummings protected the lead by retiring the Hawks in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth.
Franklin Pierce (35-9, 20-5 NE-10) is back in action tomorrow when it travels to upstate New York to face the College of Saint Rose in a rescheduled game at 3:30 p.m. Saint Anselm (19-22, 11-11 NE-10) hosts Pace University tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.