April 6, 2008
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Brian Hartsell had three hits, including an RBI single in the eighth inning that scored the winning run, as Saint Joseph's defeated Fordham, 6-3, in Atlantic 10 baseball action on Sunday afternoon. The win, SJU's 11th of the year, eclipses last season's win total and gives the Hawks their first A-10 series victory in nearly two years.
Fordham (15-13, 3-6 Atlantic 10) scored twice in the top of the first on a walk, a double, a stolen base, and a groundout.
Saint Joseph's (11-19, 4-5 Atlantic 10) got one back in the bottom half of the frame as Ben Wendle reached on an error with the bases loaded and nobody out that allowed Mike Coleman to score. Unfortunately for SJU, a strikeout and a double play grounder ended the threat.
The Hawks held the 3-2 lead until the top of the eighth inning. Two walks put runners at first and second with one out for Fordham's Chris Kaible, who singled through the left side of the infield to plate the tying run.
Kaible, who had taken over the pitching duties after starting the game as the designated hitter, ceded the lead right back to SJU in the bottom of the inning. Mike Boyland led off with a single to right, but two quick outs looked to quell the threat of a big inning. However, Coleman was hit by a pitch to advance Boyland to second, and Hartsell's third hit of the game brought Boyland in with what turned out to be the winning run. Coleman scored on the play as well after Rams catcher Ryan David committed a throwing error. David Valesente knocked in Hartsell with an RBI single of his own to end the scoring.
The Hawks will look to win their third straight game Wednesday at NJIT. Game time is 4:00 p.m.