Feb. 20, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. - Freshman Kevin Kratochwill was 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored and sophomore Kyle Mullen allowed three runs on four hits over five innings in his first start of the season as the Saint Joseph's baseball team earned a split of its four-game series against Old Dominion with an 11-7 victory over the Monarchs on Sunday afternoon.
This is the earliest in the season that Saint Joseph's has been at .500 since 1999, when the Hawks started 5-0.
Old Dominion (2-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a double by Shawn Sizemore and a single by Nathan Hartman.
Saint Joseph's (2-2) was dormant until the third, when the Hawks began a scoring barrage that amassed 10 straight runs over four innings. Kevin Taylor ripped a two-run double to right field to score the first runs of the game for SJU.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Brett Tiagwad grounded out to second to score Mike Coleman and tie the game. Kratochwill followed with a single to center that scored Anthony Cirillo and Cody Silverman to put SJU in front, 5-3.
Silverman then hit a two-out single in the fifth to break the tie, scoring Joe Cook and chasing ODU starter Dean Ali from the game.
The Hawks broke the game open in the top of the sixth inning, pushing four more runs across the plate to open up a 10-3 advantage. The Hawks once again found themselves with the bases loaded and one out, and once again the offense came through. Quinn Renner hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Tiagwad before Kratochwill scored on a balk by Drew Coker. Coleman followed with a single to score Mike Plakis, while Cook would come in to score on a wild pitch for SJU's 10th straight run.
The Monarchs would then score the next four runs of the contest, with Christopher Baker scoring on an error by Taylor in the bottom of the sixth and then singling in a run himself in the seventh. Hartman then drove in two more with a triple to center that brought the hosts back to within three.
That would be as close as the Monarchs would get, as Kratochwill scored in the top of the ninth on a fielder's choice by Renner, and Brett Koliani finished the last inning and a third to lock down the save.
Mullen held Old Dominion to just two hits after his rocky first inning to get the win. Ali pitched four and two-thirds innings, ceding six runs on seven hits to take the loss.
Both teams struggled in the field, making three errors apiece. The Monarchs made 12 in the four-game series, while the Hawks limited their mistakes to just two in the other three games combined.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Friday, traveling to the Lone Star State for a four-game weekend set at Texas-San Antonio. The Hawks and Roadrunners get underway Friday night at 7:00 p.m.