April 2, 2011
ARLINGTON, Va. - Kevin Taylor boosted a grand slam home run in a six-run sixth as the Saint Joseph's baseball team beat George Washington, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park. Taylor finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored, and three RBI to lead the SJU offense.
George Washington (8-19, 2-3 Atlantic 10) pushed a run across in the bottom of the first inning without a hit as Tyler McCarthy lofted a sacrifice fly to score Justin Albright, who had reached third base via a walk, a stolen base, and an error.
Saint Joseph's (10-16, 3-2 Atlantic 10) equalized in the third as Joe Cook hit a grounder up the middle that led to an error on first baseman Jordan Berry, allowing Anthony Cirillo to score from second with the tying run.
The Hawks took the lead in the fourth as Quinn Renner laced a single to right to score Taylor with a two-out run to put SJU on top, 2-1.
The Colonials went back ahead in the fifth as Berry lifted his first career home run over the left field wall to put GW back on top, 3-2.
In the top of the sixth, the Hawks loaded the bases with two outs. Cook drew a walk to force in Mike Muha with the tying run before Greg Kumpel drew a four-pitch walk of his own to give Saint Joseph's a 4-3 lead.
As Taylor strode to the plate, a sudden hailstorm interrupted play for about 10 minutes. When play restarted, Taylor sent the 1-1 pitch from Chris Keiper over the wall in left center to expand the lead to 8-3.
Chris Hueth hit an RBI groundout in the eighth to add a key insurance run and increase the lead to six.
In the bottom of the frame, GW used two singles, a walk, and a pair of hit batsmen to score two runs and load the bases with nobody out. Ryan Kemp came on in relief and proceeded to strike out the next three hitters to escape what could have been a game-changing jam.
Kemp then came out for the ninth and struck out two more to complete the six-out save, his second of the season.
Chad Simendinger (2-2) earned the win, allowing just two hits in five innings. He was charged with three runs, two earned, after walking four and fanning one. Simendinger held the Colonials without a hit over the first four and a third innings of the game.
Bobby Lucas (1-4) took the loss, working five and two-thirds and allowing six runs on four hits. He struck out 11 Hawks, but also issued six free passes and uncorked a pair of wild pitches.
The teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at Barcroft Park. First pitch is set for noon; live stats and streaming audio will be available at SJUHawks.com.