Feb. 17, 2012
CARY, N.C. - Sophomore Chris Hueth went 3-for-4, but the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped its season opener, 4-1, to Bryant on Friday afternoon at the USA Baseball Complex. Junior Kyle Mullen got the start on the mound for the Hawks, his first career Opening Day nod.
Mullen struggled in the first inning, as Bryant (1-0) scored all four of its runs in the first frame on three walks, two hit batters, and just one hit. The righthander settled down after that, allowing just two hits and one walk while finishing the game with four strikeouts in five innings.
"Kyle found his rhythm after the first inning," said head coach Fritz Hamburg. "Unfortunately we weren't able to get the bats going and come back."
In the top of the first inning, Connor Carignan led off the game for the Bulldogs with a walk before stealing second. After a pop-up, a hit batter, and a walk, Jamie Skagerlind drew a free pass to force in Carignan with the first run of the game.
Joseph Carcone was then hit by a pitch to double the lead to 2-0 before a two-run single by Dan Muscatello brought home Bryant's final runs of the game.
Saint Joseph's (0-1) tallied its run in the bottom of the second as Hueth led off with a single to right and came in to score on a double by Tommy Cunningham.
That would be all the Hawks could muster as starter Peter Kelich retired the next 13 batters to keep the Hawks at bay. Kelich finished the game with just the one run allowed on four hits and two walks, fanning six. Jonathan Cohen struck out four in two innings before Salvatore Lisanti earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
For Saint Joseph's, junior Shane Carey worked the sixth and seventh, holding Bryant scoreless on three hits and a walk, and sophomore Mike Muha allowed just one baserunner, on an error, in two innings.
The Hawks will look to bounce back with a doubleheader on Saturday. SJU will face Monmouth at 11:30 a.m. before taking on Canisius at 3:00 p.m. Both games will be played at the USA Baseball Complex.