April 11, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team scored seven runs in the first two innings on Wednesday and five Hawk hurlers made them stand up as SJU topped Delaware, 7-2, on the Maguire Campus. Freshman Ryan Pater had a pair of hits, two runs scored, and two RBI for the Hawks.
Delaware (17-17) took a brief lead in the top of the first as D.J. Long led off the game with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Yezzo.
Saint Joseph's (13-20) posted a three-spot in the bottom half to go ahead to stay. Pater led off with a bunt single and stole second base before advancing to third on a groundout by Brett Tiagwad. Stefan Kancylarz then followed with a single to tie the game at one apiece. He advanced to third on a single by Greg Kumpel, who went to second on the throw, before a wild pitch plated Kancylarz with the go-ahead run. Kumpel then came in on a groundout by Kevin Taylor.
The Blue Hens got one back in the second as Long grounded out to bring home E.J. Stoltzfus.
The Hawks extended the lead in the bottom half, scoring four times and chasing starter Matt Soren from the game. Tommy Cunningham led off with a walk and Chris Hueth ripped a double to put runners on second and third. Eddie Palmer then walked to load the bases for Pater, who looped a double down the left field line to score and pair and extend the lead to 5-2.
Soren was then replaced by Luke Alicknavitch, who did not allow a hit in three innings of work. However, SJU managed to plate two more runs in the frame as Palmer and Pater evaded tags at home plate on fielder's choices by Tiagwad and Kumpel, respectively, to push the margin to five.
At that point, the SJU pitching staff went to work, allowing just four hits and one walk over the final seven innings to secure the victory. Starter Brett Koliani allowed two runs on four hits in three innings, making way for Jimmy Yacabonis, who got the win with two innings of one-hit ball.
Soren took the loss, allowing all seven runs on five hits and a walk in an inning-plus. The UD bullpen slowed down the Hawk bats, holding them without a hit after the second.
Saint Joseph's returns to conference play on Friday, hosting first-place Massachusetts in the first of a three-game set. First pitch is set for 3;00 p.m. on the Maguire Campus.