April 17, 2011
KINGSTON, R.I. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost the finale of its three-game series at Rhode Island, 9-0, at Bill Beck Field on Sunday afternoon. Greg Kumpel and Eddie Palmer each notched a pair of hits for the Hawks in the game.
Rhode Island (20-14, 7-15 Atlantic 10) jumped out in front early on, tagging A.J. Holland for three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning to take a 3-0 lead after one.
The Rams tacked on two more runs on four more hits in the second to extend the margin to five. The teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the seventh, when Rhode Island posted a three-spot to go ahead 8-0.
In the eighth, Mike LeBel drilled a leadoff home run to score the game's final run.
URI's Stephen Peterson (3-3) kept the Hawks off balance all day, going the distance for the six-hit complete game shutout. He allowed just one walk while striking out 12 batters.
Saint Joseph's (13-22, 4-8 Atlantic 10) got a solid relief pitching performance from Dominic Favazza, who held the Rams at bay through the middle innings, throwing three scoreless, hitless innings while walking a pair and striking out two.
SJU returns to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon for a 3:15 first pitch at Villanova.