April 6, 2009
BRONX, N.Y. - In the second game of Sunday's baseball doubleheader at Fordham, 10 Saint Joseph's batters were hit by pitched balls. This ties an 11-year-old NCAA record set by the University of Washington in a game against Rice in 1998.
In the 6-5 win over the Rams on Sunday afternoon, seven Hawks were hit by a total of 10 pitches. David Valesente was hit twice and Ben Wendle was on the receiving end of three beanballs, tying the school record for a single game. Mike DeLorenzo was hit three times in a game against Delaware State on February 20, 2002.
In addition, Valesente, Mike Coleman (nine each) and Wendle (seven) are candidates to set a new record for most hit by pitches in a season. The current record, held by DeLorenzo (2002) and Tim Smith (2006), is 12.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Tuesday at Latshaw-McCarthy Field in Norristown, Pa. for a 3:00 p.m. game against Delaware. The contest is a semifinal matchup in the 2009 Liberty Bell Classic; the winner will advance to the championship game April 14 at Citizens Bank Park. The two teams will also meet in a previously scheduled game on Wednesday.