March 13, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - A four-run 10th inning did in the Saint Joseph's baseball team as the Hawks fell to Villanova, 10-7, on the Maguire Campus on Tuesday afternoon. The top three hitters in the SJU lineup pounded out 11 hits on the afternoon as the Hawk offense continued to get back in the groove on its home turf.
Villanova (10-6) equalized an inning later when Kevin Wager hit a two-out single to plate Jordan Zech.
The Wildcats posted a three-spot in the fifth, taking a 4-1 lead on a two-run home run by Matt Fleishman and a double by Tyler Sciacca.
The Hawks answered immediately, tying the game up in the bottom of the fifth. After Kevin Kratochwill led off with a single, he went to third as Stefan Kancylarz reached on an error. Greg Kumpel followed with a single through the left side to score Kratochwill and cut the deficit to two.
Saint Joseph's edged in front in the sixth as Kratochwill legged out an infield single, stole second, and scored on a two-out hit by Kumpel.
VU went back in front in the seventh as pinch hitter Andrew Geenen hit a two-out, two-run double to put the Wildcats on top, 6-5.
SJU knotted the game at six apiece in the bottom of the eighth as Kancylarz lofted a fly ball to shallow center that fell between three Villanova fielders, allowing Lansing Veeder to score the tying run.
Both teams failed to score in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.
The first two Wildcat batters in the 10th inning reached on a pair of throwing errors before three straight RBI singles gave VU a four-run cushion.
The Hawks fought valiantly in the ninth as Kratochwill reached on an infield single and scored on a single by Kancylarz to cut the VU lead to three. After a single by Kumpel brought the tying run to the plate, Villanova righthander Julian Diaz was able to induce a fly ball to end the game.
Diaz tossed an inning and two-thirds, allowing a run on three hits, to notch the victory. Kevin Burum was touched up for four runs in the 10th to take the loss; he allowed three hits and fanned three in two innings.
Kratochwill and Kumpel each went 4-for-6 on the day, with Kratochwill scoring three runs and Kumpel driving in two and scoring one. Kancylarz also chipped in with three hits and two RBI as the top of the Hawk order was 11-for-18 with five runs scored and for driven in. Hueth added a pair of runs batted in as well.
The Hawks will look to bounce back on Friday afternoon as they host Binghamton. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. on the Maguire Campus.