May 25, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - Saint Louis righthander Clay Smith tossed a three-hit shutout as the Billikens defeated the Saint Joseph's baseball team, 6-0, in an elimination game at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship on Friday night at Houlihan Park. Senior Brett Tiagwad notched a pair of hits for the Hawks.
The Hawks finished their run in the tournament with two wins and two losses, with both wins coming over third-seeded Rhode Island and the losses at the hands of the top-seeded Billikens and second-seeded Dayton.
Saint Louis (41-17) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning, stringing together four singles in the span of five batters to score the first two runs of the game.
The Billikens got another run in the third as Alex Kelly led off with a double and scored on a single by Grant Nelson.
SLU's lead swelled to 4-0 in the top of the fifth as Mike Vigliarolo singled to center to plate Nelson from second with two outs.
The Billikens tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth to set the final margin.
Saint Joseph's (25-32) was kept off balance all evening by Smith, who walked two and struck out four to improve to 7-2. Jordan Carter took the loss for SJU, falling to 0-6 on the season.
Saint Joseph's finished the season with 25 victories, tying a school record. The Hawks also played in 57 games, more than any squad in school history, and Stefan Kancylarz set a new single-season SJU record with 56 games played.
The Hawks also secured the program's first-ever Liberty Bell Classic crown and participated in the Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship for the first time in 2012.