May 13, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - A four-run first inning made the difference on Sunday afternoon as the Saint Joseph's baseball team fell to La Salle, 5-1, in the series finale between the two teams at Smithson Field.
La Salle (20-29 overall, 7-14 Atlantic 10) posted four runs in the first to put the Hawks in a big hole early. Brendan Norton led off the game with a walk and went to third on a single by Jeff Flax. Marc Schoch then lofted a sacrifice fly to center two batters later to give the Explorers a 1-0 lead. La Salle then scored a trio of two-out runs on a double by George Smith, Jr., and a single by Jon Gyles to open up a 4-0 margin.
The lead swelled to five with two down in the fifth when Zack Feierstein singled in Dan Klem.
Saint Joseph's (22-28 overall, 12-8 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Greg Kumpel ripped a one-out double and came in to score two batters later on a double by Brian O'Keefe.
The Hawks had baserunners in the seventh and eighth, but the La Salle bullpen held firm and the game ended with the 5-1 scoreline.
Jordan Carter fell to 0-5 on the year, allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits in four and two-thirds innings. Steven Schuler, Kevin Burum, and Mike Muha combined to throw four and a third innings of scoreless two-hit relief for SJU.
Kevin Christy earned the win for La Salle to improve to 2-4. He allowed one run and five hits, striking out five, in six innings.
Ryan Pater had two hits on the day for the Hawk offense.
Senior first baseman Kevin Taylor recorded 12 putouts in the game on Sunday, giving him 452 for the season, a new SJU record.
The game closed out the home slate for Saint Joseph's; the Hawks now head to Delaware on Tuesday for a non-conference game before a season-ending road trip to Xavier. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 3:00 p.m.