May 8, 2012
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie and gave Seton Hall a 4-3 win over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Tuesday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field. Eddie Palmer was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored while Kevin Kratochwill drove in two runs of his own.
Seton Hall (29-20) had a prime scoring opportunity with one out in the bottom of the first as Chase Gray got to third base on a pair of errors, but Daniel Thorpe struck out Scott Kalamar and induced a groundout from Sal Annunziata to erase the early threat.
The Pirates did, however, score the game's first run in the bottom of the second as Ryan Sullivan ripped a one-out triple and scored on a single by Kyle Grimm.
Saint Joseph's (21-26) answered in the top of the third as a single and a pair of errors loaded the bases with one out for Kratochwill, who hit into a fielder's choice that scored Palmer to tie the game at 1-1.
The Hawks took the lead in the following frame, manufacturing a run to go on top, 2-1. Stefan Kancylarz drew a two-out walk and then advanced to second on a balk by Greg Terhune. After Josh Prevost came on to replace Terhune, Quinn Renner beat out an infield hit to leave runners at the corners for Palmer, who notched his second hit of the day to score Kancylarz.
SHU had a chance to equalize in the bottom half, but Thorpe stranded runners on the corners by getting Grimm to fly out to end the inning.
The Pirates were able to get the tying run in fifth as Dillon Hamlin led off with a double, advanced to third on a single by Michael Betz, and then scored on a balk by Brett Koliani.
Palmer found himself right in the middle of things once again in the top of the seventh, leading off with a walk and eventually coming around to score on a single by Kratochwill to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead.
Hamlin then doubled with one out in the seventh and came in to score on a double by Betz to tie the score at three apiece. Seton Hall would go on to load the bases with two down, but Jimmy Yacabonis fanned Annunziata to keep the game tied.
In the bottom of the ninth, Betz led off with a single and moved to second on a hit by Gray. After a balk put runners on second and third, Mike Genovese was intentionally walked to load the bases for Kalamar, who lofted a fly ball to center that scored Betz with the winning run.
Steven Schuler took his first loss of the season to fall to 4-1. Genovese pitched a perfect ninth to record the win and improve to 1-0.
The Hawks return to Atlantic 10 play on Friday as they host the crosstown rival La Salle Explorers for a three-game weekend set. First pitch in the opener is set for 3:00 p.m. at Smithson Field.