March 2, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - Scoring runs in bunches has been a theme early in the 2011 season for the Saint Joseph's baseball team, and that continued on Wednesday as the Hawks dropped Delaware, 9-3, to move back above .500 on the year. Cody Silverman and Greg Kumpel drove in two runs each as the Hawks won in Newark for the first time since April of 2005.
Saint Joseph's (5-4) got on the board first, scoring a pair to jump ahead in the top of the second. After Kevin Taylor and Chris Hueth started the inning with singles, Quinn Renner laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. Silverman followed with a single up the middle to score Taylor and Hueth and give SJU the lead.
The Hawks would expand the lead to 5-0 in the fifth. Anthony Cirillo and Brett Tiagwad were hit by pitches to begin the frame before a fielder's choice by Kevin Kratochwill left runners at the corners with one out for Kumpel. With the reigning Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week at the plate, a throwing error by pitcher Nick Young allowed Cirillo to score. Kumpel then doubled to score Kratochwill and leave a runner on second for Taylor, who promptly ripped a double of his own to plate Kumpel and extend the margin to five.
Delaware (3-6) answered in the bottom half of the frame with three runs of its own. After two hits and a hit batsman loaded the bases with nobody out, a fielder's choice by Dave Anderson brought home a run and left runners at the corners with one away. Two batters later, Pat Dameron singled in a pair to cut the deficit to two, 5-3.
The Blue Hens would get no closer, as the pitchers took over for both squads, combining to allow just one hit over the next three innings.
The Crimson and Gray manufactured a four-spot in the ninth to put the game out of reach. Joe Cook led off with a single before Cirillo reached on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt. Tiagwad followed with a bunt of his own, but reached safely on a fielder's choice to load the bases for Kratochwill, who hit a ball that was misplayed by center fielder Hank Yates, allowing two runs to score. Kumpel and Hueth followed with a single and a sacrifice fly, respectively, to close out the scoring.
Dominic Favazza allowed one hit, to the first batter he faced, in an inning and a third of relief to get the win, improving to 2-0. Daniel Thorpe got the start, pitching well until running into trouble in the fifth. He allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.
Young took the loss for Delaware, falling to 0-1. He allowed five runs, all earned, on six hits while striking out four in four and a third innings.
Kumpel, Taylor and Silverman had two hits apiece to pace the Hawk offense. Kumpel and Silverman added a pair of RBIs each and Kratochwill and Cirillo each scored two runs.
Saint Joseph's will head to Wilmington, North Carolina this weekend for the UNC-Wilmington Tournament. The Hawks will take on the host Seahawks in two games and face Holy Cross in another. Before returning north for the home opener, SJU will take on Elon on March 9.