Feb. 19, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team split Saturday's twinbill at Old Dominion, as the Monarchs earned a 10-4 victory in the first game before the Hawks bounced back for a 7-5 triumph in the second.
In the first game, Old Dominion scored three runs in the bottom of the first and never relinquished the lead on the way to a 10-4 victory. Freshman Kevin Kratochwill was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored for the Hawks.
Old Dominion (2-1) scored three times in the first on a single by Donnie Corsner and a double by Christopher Baker, followed by a Hawk fielding error that allowed Baker to score. The Monarchs added to their lead in the fourth on back-to-back solo home runs by Brent Frazier and Josh Tutwiler.
Saint Joseph's (1-2) got on the board in the fifth when Anthony Cirillo hit a sacrifice fly to score Kratochwill.
ODU answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single by Nathan Hartman and added two more in the seventh on another set of back-to-back homers, this time by Baker and Shawn Sizemore. Baker then drove in his third run of the game with another double in the bottom of the eighth.
The Hawks added three runs in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring. After Quinn Renner led off with a triple, Kratochwill brought him home with a single to right. The freshman came around to score after stealing second and advancing on a pair of groundouts. Eddie Palmer was hit by a pitch, and would eventually score the game's final run on a single by Spencer Judge.
Ben Tomchick went seven innings for the win, allowing just one run on four hits, striking out seven while walking two. Chad Simendinger took the loss in his first start of the year, yielding five runs, four earned, on four hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.
In the nightcap, it was Saint Joseph's that got on the board with a three-spot in the first as the Hawks eventually held on for a 7-5 win. ODU tied the game up in the late innings, but timely hitting allowed SJU to earn its first victory of the year.
After Old Dominion starter Phil McCarthy walked the first three hitters he faced to load the bases, Mike Muha (Princeton, N.J./South Brunswick) hit into a fielder's choice, reaching safely on a throwing error by Baker at first that allowed Kratochwill and Brett Tiagwad score. Three batters later, a sacrifice fly by Dan DiOrio gave the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
A Kratochwill single in the top of the fourth plated Cody Silverman pushed the lead to four.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hawk starter Bryan Penalo walked the first two batters before giving up a double to Frazier that scored two to cut the lead in half. Two batters later, Baker doubled off of Matt Buccheri to shave the deficit to one, 4-3.
SJU answered right back as Kratochwill walked, stole second, and scored on an error by Brandon Shelton in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to two, but for the second day in a row, the Monarchs tied the game at five in the bottom of the seventh, this time on back-to-back RBI singles by Baker and Sizemore.
The Crimson and Gray took the lead back in the top of the ninth, when a one-out double down the right field line by Silverman scored Joe Cook with the go-ahead run. Tiagwad then followed with a sacrifice fly to score Cirillo and double the lead.
Ryan Kemp came on and retired the side in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Buccheri was credited with the win, allowing just two runs on five hits over four innings. Louis Singleton got the loss, allowing two runs but no hits over an inning and a third. He began the ninth by issuing the walks that proved crucial to the outcome of the game.
The Hawks will try to salvage a series split on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Complex.