March 27, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team suffered its first conference loss of the season on Sunday, falling to Saint Louis, 2-1, on a cold Sunday afternoon at Campbell's Field. A.J. Holland pitched six-plus strong innings for the Hawks, but was outdueled by SLU's Brett Vanover.
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Saint Louis (15-8, 1-2 Atlantic 10) struck first in the top of the fourth as Jon Myers ripped an RBI double to right center and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Steve Fernandez.
Saint Joseph's (9-14, 2-1 Atlantic 10) scratched a run across as Quinn Renner hit a grounder that squirted through second baseman Mike Levine and allowed Eddie Palmer to score a two-out run and cut the deficit in half.
Tim Craig was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth and reached third base with two outs, but Billiken closer Travis Parker was able to retire the side to end the game for his third save of the season.
Holland pitched well in defeat, allowing just four hits and two runs, one earned, in six and a third innings. Vanover improved to 3-0 after allowing a single unearned run on five hits in six and two-thirds while striking out five.
The Hawks will head to Bethlehem on Tuesday for the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic. First pitch against Lehigh is slated for 3:00 p.m.