April 13, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Anthony Cirillo drove in three runs and Mike Coleman notched three hits as the Saint Joseph's baseball team pounded out 13 hits en route to a 7-1 win over Lafayette on Wednesday night. Cirillo was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI while Coleman added a run scored as the Hawks ended a three-game skid.
Matt Buccheri (2-0) pitched two and a third hitless innings for the win. Starter Jordan Carter went three innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five. A total of six SJU pitchers combined to hold the Leopards to just three hits on the night, a season-low for Lafayette.
Saint Joseph's (12-20) broke through in the bottom of the fourth inning when Mike Muha singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Ben Meer (0-2) to break a scoreless tie.
The Hawks extended the lead to four in the bottom of the sixth. Coleman led off with a single before Kevin Kratochwill was hit by a pitch and Brett Tiagwad laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out for Cirillo who laced a single back up the middle to push the lead to 3-0. Cirillo then came around to score on a passed ball two batters later to give SJU a 4-0 advantage.
Lafayette (11-18) answered with a singleton in the seventh, scoring on a sacrifice fly to left by A.J. Miller.
SJU put the game essentially out of reach in the eighth, plating three more runs to set the final margin. Kratochwill and Tiagwad led off the frame with walks before Cirillo drove in his third run of the game with a single to right, scoring Kratochwill. Tiagwad later came home when an errant throw allowed him to score on a steal of third, while Cirillo scored on an RBI single by Joe Cook to close out the scoring.
The Hawks hit the road for a three-game weekend set at Rhode Island. Friday's first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.