March 11, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Kyle Mullen went eight strong innings, but the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped a tight 4-3 contest to Iona on Friday afternoon at Campbell's Field. Mike Muha led the Hawk offense with two hits, a run scored, and an RBI.
Iona (4-6) got on the board first in the top of the second inning. After loading the bases on an error and two singles, the Gaels scored a run on a double play ball and a hit by Chris Griffin.
Saint Joseph's (5-9) answered in the bottom of the inning when Drew Stoll hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Muha and cut the lead to 2-1.
The Hawks equalized in the fifth when Stoll came across on a wild pitch by Iona's Justin Wiley.
SJU went ahead in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Muha that plated Brett Tiagwad.
The Gaels scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take the lead. Michael Chiaravalloti singled down the right field line to score James Beck with the tying run in the seventh before a sacrifice fly by Chris Burke brought home Joe Torres, who had reached third on a passed ball.
The Crimson and Gray had one last opportunity to score in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out, but a strikeout and a ground ball ended the game.
Mullen took the loss to fall to 2-2. He threw eight innings, allowing six hits and four runs, one of them earned. He walked just one while striking out eight, one shy of his career high.
Wiley (2-1) went eight innings as well, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out nine against two walks. Anthony Castellitto earned his first save of the year, retiring the final two batters of the game.
The Hawks return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as they face off with the Cornell Big Red at Campbell's Field.