April 6, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Freshman first baseman Mike Muha hit a single through the left side with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Saint Joseph's baseball team a 4-3 walk-off victory over Temple on Wednesday night at Campbell's Field. Muha finished the game 2-for-4 while Daniel Thorpe earned his first career win.
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Anthony Cirillo started the inning with a chopper down the third base line that bounced high in the air and into left field for a double. Brett Tiagwad drew a walk before Joe Cook grounded out to move the runners to second and third. Owl hurler Steve Visnic intentionally walked Greg Kumpel to load the bases and set up a double play, but Muha hit the second pitch just past diving shortstop Adrian Perez to set off a raucous celebration in the Hawk dugout.
The contest was a tight affair throughout. Jabair Khan hit an RBI single in the top of the second to get Temple (15-11) on the board. However, Hawk starter Jordan Carter escaped the two-on, one-out jam with a lineout to right and a strikeout to keep it a one-run game.
After a balk by Tyler Horst put runners on second and third with one out in the third, Chris Hueth's RBI groundout brought home Cook to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.
Kumpel ripped a double to left center with one out in the top of the fifth to score Tiagwad and double the Hawk lead.
The Owls responded with a pair in the top of the sixth to tie the score. TU loaded the bases with one out before Brett Koliani came on and struck out Daniel Dragos, but Khan hit a ball deep in the hole that led to a pair of Owl runs before he was thrown out at second.
Neither team was able to score again until Muha's heroics in the ninth.
Thorpe earned his first career win, throwing a scoreless ninth. After allowing a two-out pinch hit to Taylor Juran, Thorpe picked off pinch runner Bobby Heitzman to erase the runner and send the game to the bottom of the ninth tied.
Visnic took the loss to fall to 1-1. He allowed one run on two hits, walking three and fanning one in two and a third innings.
Saint Joseph's returns to Atlantic 10 play on Friday as the Hawks host perennial league powerhouse Charlotte. First pitch for the series opener is set for 3:00 p.m. at Campbell's Field. Live stats and streaming audio will be available at SJUHawks.com.