March 24, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - Senior Mike Coleman took the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the 10th inning and sent it over the right field wall for a game-winning two-run home run as the Saint Joseph's baseball team defeated Saint Peter's, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Campbell's Field. Freshman Kyle Mullen made the start for the Hawks and gave up one run on two hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter in five innings.
Saint Peter's (6-11) got on the board in the top of the first when a one-out wild pitch allowed Justyn Carter to come across with the first run of the game.
Saint Joseph's (4-10) took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Quinn Renner out an infield single to load the bases, Brett Tiagwad looped a double down the left field line to score Ryan Kemp and Eddie Palmer.
The score would remain at 2-1 until the top of the ninth inning, when a two-out double to left by Brian Schroeder plated Conor Mullee with the tying run.
The Hawks had a chance to win it in the ninth, but Ives got out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam to send the game to extra innings. Mike Boyland retired the side in order in the top of the 10th to set up Coleman's heroics for SJU.
Mullen was outstanding in his five innings of work, allowing just two baserunners and striking out nine. SPC starter Joe Jimenez ceded two runs, one earned, on six hits in three and one-third innings.
Boyland got the win, improving to 1-1 on the season, while Ives took the loss to fall to 1-2.
Saint Joseph's first baseman Kevin Taylor had a single to lead off the second inning and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
The Hawks return to Campbell's Field on Friday night for their first Atlantic 10 contest of the season. First pitch for the game against Massachusetts is set for 7:00 p.m.