May 9, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - Chad Simendinger was spectacular for seven and a third innings on Sunday night as the Saint Joseph's baseball team set a new school record for conference victories in a season with a 5-4 win over Fordham at Campbell's Field. The Hawks won their 13th Atlantic 10 contest of the season and sit in a tie for second place in the league standings.
Simendinger gave up just one run on five hits while striking out eight in seven and a third innings, the longest outing of his career. With the win, he improved to 1-2 on the year. Ram starter J.P. Mack took the loss to fall to 1-6.
The Hawks added two more in the sixth when, with runners at the corners and one out, Ryan McDonald hit into a fielder's choice to score Dewey Oriente. Taylor then scored on a fielder's choice by Brian Hartsell to give SJU a four-run cushion.
Simendinger retired nine of ten hitters in the middle innings, but Fordham (17-31 overall, 11-10 Atlantic 10) finally broke through in the top of the eighth. With one out and a man on second, Brian Kownacki ripped a single to center to score Nick Martinez and cut the margin to three. Simendinger then gave way to Adam Rivera, who would give up a single before inducing an inning-ending double play ball from Chris Walker.
Taylor scored what proved to be a crucial insurance run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth before the Rams made one final charge. Stephen McSherry hit a double to right center to score a run and leave runners on second and third when Mike Boyland got the call to enter the game. Single runs scored on a groundout by Ryan Lee and a sacrifice fly by Joe Russo, but Boyland fanned Martinez for the final out to secure his third save of the season.
With their 13th conference win of 2010, the Hawks broke the previous school record of 12 Atlantic 10 wins, set in 1995.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Wednesday, May 12, with a non-conference tilt at Villanova.