April 14, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Kevin Taylor started the scoring off with a rocket into the bullpen in the bottom of the third and finished with four runs batted in as the Saint Joseph's baseball team downed Massachusetts, 11-5, on the Maguire Campus on Saturday afternoon. Stefan Kancylarz added three hits and four RBI of his own as the Hawks moved into first place in the Atlantic 10.
Saint Joseph's (15-20 overall, 6-2 Atlantic 10) got three hits apiece from Taylor, Kancylarz, and Greg Kumpel, while Taylor and Kumpel scored three times as well.
Taylor broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning, drilling a pitch from UMass starter Glen Misho into the SJU bullpen beyond the right field fence. Kevin Kratochwill led off the inning with an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games before Ryan Pater laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Kumpel was then hit with a pitch to set up Taylor's big fly.
The Hawks tacked on two more in the fifth on RBI singles by Kancylarz and Lansing Veeder (Falls Church, Va./Paul VI) to take a 5-0 lead.
Massachusetts (10-12 overall, 5-3 Atlantic 10) scored its first run of the series in the top of the sixth as Anthony Serino led off with a single and scored on a double by Dylan Begin.
SJU answered in the bottom half, sending eight batters to the plate and extending the lead to 8-1. Brett Tiagwad led off with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Quinn Renner. Pater walked to load the bases before Taylor drove in his fourth run of the game two batters later with a single to left. Two batters after that, Kancylarz looped a ball into center field two score Renner and Pater.
Ryan Cusick hit an RBI triple and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Cavanaro to cut the Hawk lead to five in the top of the seventh.
Saint Joseph's added three more insurance runs in the eighth as Brian O'Keefe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Kancylarz followed with a bases-loaded walk, and Anthony Cirillo hit a sacrifice fly to give the Hawks an eight-run lead.
The Minutemen did not go quietly in the ninth, scoring a pair on a sacrifice fly by Brian Fracasso and a bases-loaded walk by Begin, but Tim Ponto induced a fielder's choice from Kyle Adie to end the ballgame.
Alex Pracher went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, to notch his third victory of the season. Misho took the loss, allowing five runs and nine hits through four and two-thirds.
Cirillo recorded nine assists in the game, which ties the SJU record. It is the seventh time a Hawk player has hit that mark, and the second time for Cirillo; he previously threw out nine runners at Delaware on March 2, 2011.
The Hawks will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. First pitch on the Maguire Campus is set for noon.