March 25, 2008
NEWARK, Del. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team suffered a 17-2 defeat at the hands of the University of Delaware on Tuesday to eliminate the Hawks from contention for the 2008 Liberty Bell Classic Championship. Sophomore Matt Barnathan drove in both runs for SJU.
Saint Joseph's (8-13) took the lead in the second inning as sophomore Ryan McDonald led off with a triple. Barnathan's RBI groundout put the Hawks on top, 1-0.
The game would remain at that score until the bottom of the fifth inning when Delaware (7-14) answered with a pair of a runs on a two-out triple.
Things began to come unraveled for the Hawks in the sixth, as UD scored four runs on a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the seventh, Mike Boyland hit a one-out double and advanced to third on an error by the pitcher. Barnathan then laced a single to center to make it a 6-2 game.
It was all Blue Hens after that, as Delaware tacked on five runs in the bottom of the frame and six more in the eighth to set the final margin.
Junior Don Werner (2-2) took the loss for Saint Joseph's. Ultimately, the Hawks were done in by poor defense and the inability to drive in baserunners. SJU pounded out 11 hits, but committed five errors and left 16 men stranded on base.
The Hawks will look to bounce back on Wednesday afternoon as they travel to Rider for a non-conference matchup.