March 8, 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team ended play in the UNC-Wilmington Tournament with a loss to the hosts on Tuesday afternoon, falling to the Seahawks by a 4-2 score. Chad Simendinger was strong on the mound in his second start of the season, allowing just two runs over six innings.
Saint Joseph's (5-7) was plagued by defensive miscues, as the Hawks committed five errors, leading to three unearned runs.
UNC-Wilmington (7-5) took a quick lead in the first after Alex Hill reached on an error and came around to score on a two-out single by Hunter Ridge.
SJU equalized in the top of the fourth. Kevin Taylor led off with a single and moved up to second two batters later when Cody Silverman reached on an error. Two batters later, Joe Cook singled to left to score Taylor and knot the game at a run apiece.
The Seahawks went ahead once again with a singleton in the sixth on a single by Dakota Piver that brought Ridge home with the go-ahead run.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, UNCW scored two in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win. After a leadoff walk and an error, Thomas Pope lofted a sacrifice fly to center to score David Shambley with what turned out to be the winning run. The Seahawks scored an insurance run two batters later when Michael Bass reached on an error.
Cook drew a leadoff walk to start the ninth, but Blaze Tart induced a fly ball and a double play to lock down the victory for his third save of the season.
Zak Kornblum (2-0) got the win, throwing an inning and a third of perfect relief. Ryan Kemp (0-1) was charged with the loss after ceding two runs despite not allowing a hit.
Simendinger allowed eight hits over six innings and was charged with a pair of runs, one of them earned. He fanned four and did not allow a walk.
The Hawks will close out their spring break trip to North Carolina with a game at Elon on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.