April 20, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kevin Taylor went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs batted in and Stefan Kancylarz added two RBIs of his own as the Saint Joseph's baseball team topped Charlotte, 8-7, at Hayes Stadium on Friday night.
Saint Joseph's (17-21 overall, 7-3 Atlantic 10) took an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Taylor doubled home Lansing Veeder and Greg Kumpel, who reached on back-to-back one-out singles, to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
Justin Roland led off the first for Charlotte (16-21 overall, 4-9 Atlantic 10) with a double and came in to score on a single by Leland Clemmons to cut the margin to 2-1.
The Hawks posted a three-spot in the second to extend the lead to four. Anthony Cirillo led off with a walk and advanced to third on an error that allowed Brett Tiagwad to reach first safely. Ryan Pater followed with a single to score Cirillo before Veeder reached on an error to load the bases. Kumpel then hit into a fielder's choice; the 49ers' third error of the inning allowed both Pater and Tiagwad to score and push the lead to 5-1.
The 49ers got one back in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Tony Montalbano.
SJU upped the lead to 7-2 in the top of the fifth, plating a pair on a two-run single by Kancylarz that chased Charlotte starter Andrew Smith from the game.
An RBI groundout by Montalbano and a two-run home run by Corbin Shive, the first of two in the game for the 49er first baseman, brought Charlotte back to within two at 7-5 in the bottom half of the inning.
Veeder drove in a critical insurance run in the sixth, lofting a sacrifice fly to right to score Tiagwad, who had singled to start the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and went to third on a base hit by Pater.
Shive struck again, leading off the eighth with his second round-tripper of the night, and Clemmons led off the ninth with a solo home run of his own, but Steven Schuler struck out two of the final three hitters to preserve the win.
Kyle Mullen got the start for the Hawks, earning the win to improve to 5-4 on the season. He tossed six and a third innings, allowing five runs. The save was the third of the season for Schuler.
Smith allowed seven runs on nine hits in four and a third to fall to 4-6.
Taylor and Kancylarz had two hits drove in two runs each, while Pater went 3-for-5 in the game. Tiagwad added two hits and scored twice in the victory.
The win is the ninth consecutive Atlantic 10 series-opening win for SJU dating back to last season.
The teams will play the second game of the series at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.