April 5, 2012
ST. LOUIS - Tim Craig scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 13th inning to give the Saint Joseph's baseball team a 3-2 win over first-place Saint Louis at the Billiken Sports Center on Thursday night. Seven SJU pitchers combined to keep the Billikens' bats at bay.
Mike Muha earned the win for the Hawks to improve to 3-1, while Lansing Veeder earned his second save of the season. Jordan Carter started the game and went six and two-thirds strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five. Also taking the mound for the Hawks were Kevin Burum, Tim Ponto, Steven Schuler, and Brett Koliani; the septet held the potent SLU offense to two runs and nine hits. The SJU bullpen notched six and a third shutout innings of three-hit ball on the night.
The teams traded zeroes until the top of the fifth inning, when Saint Joseph's (10-2- overall, 2-2 Atlantic 10) broke through to take a 1-0 lead. Veeder led off the frame with a triple to the right field corner and came in to score on a single by Brian O'Keefe.
Saint Louis (21-8 overall, 5-2 Atlantic 10) nosed ahead in the bottom of the sixth when Mike Vigliarolo's one-out double scored Alex Kelly and Grant Nelson to put the Billikens on top, 2-1.
The Hawks equalized in the seventh as O'Keefe scored Kevin Taylor with his second RBI single of the game. SJU then loaded the bases with two down in the frame, but Travis Parker, who came on in relief of Alex Alemann, was able to retire the side.
As the game moved on into extra innings, neither team was able to mount a threat until the bottom of the 11th. The Billikens put their first two runners on base due to throwing errors before Danny Brennan hit into a fielder's choice while attempting to sacrifice; Jerry Mancuso was forced out at third base for the first out. Schuler then fanned Connor Gandossy and Alec Sole to escape the jam.
In the top of the 13th, Kevin Kratochwill led off with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by Craig. Two batters later, Craig stole second and then advanced to third when Greg Kumpel reached on an error by pitcher James Norwood. Nick Bates then came on in relief of Norwood and uncorked the wild pitch that scored Craig with the winning run.
The Billikens nearly knotted things up in the bottom half, but Matt Adamowicz was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on a double by C.J. Rose. Veeder then fanned pinch hitter A.J. Vandervorste and induced a fly ball from Gandossy to end the game.
O'Keefe and Veeder each finished the day with a pair of hits while O'Keefe added two RBI and Veeder tallied a run scored.
The teams will be back on the diamond Friday night at 7:00 p.m.