BEVERLY, Mass. – Mike Griffin's (Hudson, N.H.) team-leading sixth home run of the season accounted for all of the Vikings' runs in their 5-3 defeat to Endicott on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at North Field. The Gulls improve to 23-18 whileSalem State slips to 18-19.
Endicott (23-18) starter Kevin Gould (Rollinsford, N.H.) picked up the win (6-2) on seven innings, eight hits, three runs (all earned), two walks, and a game-high five strikeouts. Cooper Anibal (Bedford, N.H.) also tossed a scoreless eighth inning, while Will Bryant (Cumberland, Maine) converted his fifth save of the season with a shutdown ninth (0 H, 1 BB).
Meanwhile, JP Reiling (Nahant, Mass.) took the loss (0-1) via two innings of work, no hits, one run (earned), and two free passes.
The Gulls jumped on the scoreboard early with an RBI groundout from Nickolas Perkins (Nashua, N.H.) in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. From there, Endicott added four more runs in the fourth as Ryan Prosser (Holden, Mass.) notched a two-run double to left center, while Anthony Macchia (Ridgefield, Conn.) followed with an RBI, and Christian Allaire (Sandown, N.H.)capped the scoring with an RBI base hit to right field.
Salem State answered with Griffin's three-run sho in the sixth, but Anibal and Bryant responded out of the pen for the Gulls to lock up the win after Gould completed the sixth himself.
(Courtesy Endicott College Sports Information)