March 15, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - Chris Hueth was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Kevin Taylor reached base five times as the Saint Joseph's baseball scored an 11-7 victory over the rival Villanova Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon at Campbell's Field. Mike Plakis chipped in a pair of RBI as well, including driving in what turned out to be the winning runs.
|Freshman Chris Hueth gets a surprise as he talks about his 3-for-4 performance against Villanova on Tuesday. Also discussing the game are Kevin Taylor and head coach Fritz Hamburg. The video will load after a brief advertisement.|
Villanova (5-10) got on the board in the top of the first, pushing a run across after a double by Marlon Calbi was followed by a groundout and a passed ball.
Saint Joseph's (7-10) went ahead in the bottom of the frame, scoring a pair on four straight hits to start the inning. Joe Cook and Mike Coleman led things off with singles before Greg Kumpel and Taylor hit back-to-back doubles to give SJU a 2-1 lead.
The Hawks tagged VU starter Kevin MacLachlan for three more runs in the second. After a walk and an error, Anthony Cirillo hit a ball that fell in between the second baseman and right fielder and allowed him to reach second, bringing home Quinn Renner. Three batters later, Hueth cleared the bases with a two-run triple to give the Hawks a four-run margin.
Villanova knotted things up in the top of the fourth, aided by three walks, two hit batters, and an error. However, SJU scored four in the bottom of the inning to regain the advantage. With the sacks packed and two away, Plakis ripped a single through the right side to score Hueth and Spencer Judge and give the Hawks a 7-5 lead. Follow-up singles by Cody Silverman and Renner doubled the advantage to four.
The Wildcats cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth as Dain Hall and David Koczirka hit RBI singles to close with two at 9-7, but Eddie Palmer hit a bases loaded single in the eight to restore the margin to four, where it remained.
Freshman Steven Schuler got the win, the first of his career. He worked two and a third, allowing two runs on three hits. MacLachlan took the loss for VU to fall to 0-2. Dominic Favazza, Daniel Thorpe, and Ryan Kemp retired the final 10 Villanova hitters in order to preserve the victory.
The Hawks will be back in action on Friday against NYIT. First pitch at Campbell's Field is set for 3:00 p.m. Live stats and audio will be available at SJUHawks.com.