March 18, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost to NYIT, 8-6, on Friday afternoon at Campbell's Field. Greg Kumpel finished the day 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI to lead the Hawks.
NYIT (1-7) scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning after Ryan Campbell reached on an error and eventually came around to score on a double steal.
Rob Cafiero hit into a double play in the top of the second, but George Carroll came in to score, after leading off with a double, to give the Bears a two-run lead. The advantage expanded to three when Campbell singled in a run with two outs.
NYIT nearly added to the lead in the third with runners on second and third with one out, but starter Kyle Mullen fielded a sharp groundball and induced another groundout to end the threat.
The Bears added one on another single by Campbell in the top of the fourth to move ahead by four.
Kumpel drove in his third run of the game with two outs in the seventh with a double to the wall in left, driving in Kevin Kratochwill. Kevin Taylor followed with a double to right to tie the game at four.
NYIT answered with a four-spot in the top of the eighth, aided by five straight singles to start the frame, to go ahead, 8-4. The Hawks responded with a pair in the bottom half as SJU loaded the bases with nobody out for Chris Hueth, whose fielder's choice plated Quinn Renner to cut the deficit to three.
A balk by NYIT closer Ryan Dillabough allowed Mike Coleman to score, but Dillabough would get out of the inning and then retire the Hawks in order in the ninth for the save.
Mullen went six innings, allowing four runs, three unearned, on 11 hits. Brett Koliani took the loss, allowing five singles in the eighth, to fall to 0-2. Marcos Perez (1-0) got the win for the Bears, allowing two runs on no hits in an inning of work.
Campbell and Ali Rodriguez each notched three hits and two RBI for NYIT, while Jerry Smith drove in a pair as well.
The Hawks will return to the diamond on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. start against Manhattan.