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Mullen Shines in Opener as Baseball Splits Doubleheader
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/26/2011

Feb. 26, 2011

Saint Joseph's 3, UTSA 0 (Box Score)
UTSA 6, Saint Joseph's 0 (Box Score)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Saint Joseph's baseball team ran its winning streak to four games early on before Texas-San Antonio salvaged a split in a doubleheader on Saturday at Wolff Stadium. Sophomore Kyle Mullen threw his first career complete game shutout in the opener, leading the Hawks to a 3-0 victory in a seven-inning game. In the second, the Roadrunners jumped ahead early and went on to win, 6-0.

In game one, Mullen threw a complete game as the Hawks scored three times in the third inning to secure a 3-0 victory. The sophomore allowed just six hits and three walks while fanning three in earning his first career complete game shutout.

Saint Joseph's (4-3) scored all three runs in the third inning. A leadoff walk to Brett Tiagwad was followed by singles from Kevin Kratochwill and Greg Kumpel to load the bases with nobody out for Kevin Taylor, who drove in the game's first run with a single through the right side. Quinn Renner drew a bases-loaded walk to score Kratochwill before a throwing error by pitcher Casey Selsor allowed Kumpel to score what would turn out to be the last run of the day.

UTSA (3-4) threatened in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but Mullen escaped the jam by inducing a groundout from Tyler Carpenter.

With first and third and two out in the ninth, Colby Braddock hit into a fielder's choice to end the game and give the Hawks the win.

Mullen improved to 2-0 on the young season, surpassing his season win total from 2010. Selsor took the loss, falling to 0-2.

Kumpel was 2-for-4 for the Hawks, while Daniel Rockett of UTSA was the only other player with multiple hits.

In the nightcap, it was UTSA with the early three-spot as the Roadrunners took game two, 6-0.

A pair of fielding errors by Taylor and Bryan Penalo led to a pair of UTSA runs in the bottom of the second before Riley Good hit a sacrifice fly to plate the third run of the inning.

Another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth extended the lead to 4-0 before an RBI triple by Ryan Dalton and a sacrifice fly by Jake Wood in the seventh pushed the final margin to 6-0.

Taylor Walton earned the win for the Roadrunners, allowing four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Cody Scott earned a three-inning save, allowing three baserunners over the final frames.

Penalo took the loss for Saint Joseph's to fall to 0-1. He gave up four runs, just one earned, over five and a third innings, allowing three hits and three walks to go with his three strikeouts.

Kratochwill was 1-for-4, giving him a hit in all seven games so far this season.

The Hawks will go for the series win on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon Eastern.