Win Streak Reaches Eight as STAC Baseball Sweeps St. Anselm

Win Streak Reaches Eight as STAC Baseball Sweeps St. Anselm

The St. Thomas Aquinas College baseball team ran its winning streak to eight games with a pair of non-conference victories, 11-3 and 13-0, at Palisades Credit Union Park. The Spartans have won 11 of their last 12 overall, and their 20-10 record marks the program's 10th straight season with 20 or more victories. With the losses, St. Anselm dropped to 8-16 overall.

Alex Mack turned in a strong start in the opener with five scoreless innings, allowing his teammates to build a 7-0 lead. The Spartans scored a pair of unearned tallies in the 3rd, and added three more the following inning when Anthony Shkrelja doubled in a run and brother Mark singled in two more to build a five-run lead.

Joey Pena doubled in a pair in the 5th, and though the Hawks trimmed the deficit to 7-3, but Mark Shkrelja's three run blast in the home 7th put aside any hope of a comeback for the visitors. Mack earned the victory for his first decision of the season, while Pena went 4-for-4 with a walk, scoring three runs in the contest.

STAC wasted little time in the second game, with Mark Shkrelja's two-run blast, his second homer of the day, put the hosts on top in the bottom of the 1st. Giovanni Dingcong led off the 2nd with a homer into the right field corner, and Nick Lucchese's RBI single made the advantage 4-0.

Pena was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Lucchese followed with a two-run single, and the Spartans were again staked to a 7-0 advantage. That was more than enough for starter Chris Cepeda, who scattered four hits over five shutout innings of work. Joe Boland drove in two runs with a single and Brian Donnelly crushed a three-run blast to deep left as STAC put up six in the 6th to close out the scoring.

Chris Pennell and Greg Morano each tossed a scoreless frame in relief as Cepeda took the win to improve to 4-2 on the season. Lucchese drove in three runs with a pair of hits to lead the Spartans' 12-hit attack.

The Spartans return to action with a pair of home non-conference games this week, hosting Felician University for a big East Regional showdown on Tuesday at 3:30 pm, with West Chester (PA) paying a call for a 6:00 pm start on Wednesday, with both games at Palisades Credit Union Park.