April 1, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - On a gorgeous spring day, the Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis baseball teams split an Atlantic 10 doubleheader at Campbell's Field. The Hawks took game one, 17-8, before falling to the Billikens in the nightcap, 7-3. In the opener, Mike Coleman was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in while Ryan McDonald was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and Brett Tiagwad was 4-for-6 with four runs driven in. SLU's Alex Alemann threw a complete game in the second contest to earn his fourth win of the season.
In game one, the bats came alive early and often as the Hawks put crooked numbers on the board in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings on their way to a 17-8 over Saint Louis. Adam Rivera was strong in five innings of relief, scattering six hits and allowing just two runs. Rivera struck out five while walking just one.
Saint Louis (15-13 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) started off strong in the top of the first, plating three runs on four hits. The Hawks, however, would answer in the bottom of the second.
Kevin Taylor led off the frame for Saint Joseph's (7-13 overall, 3-2 Atlantic 10) with a single and came around to score when McDonald ripped a triple into the right field corner. Joe Cook followed with a double of his own to score McDonald and would score two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Quinn Renner.
The Hawks posted another three-spot in the third. David Valesente led off and reached on a fielding error before coming around to score on a double by Taylor. Two batters later, a Cook sac fly scored Taylor, while Renner eventually doubled home McDonald to give SJU a three-run cushion.
The Billikens equalized in the top of the fourth, as another four-hit frame led to three SLU runs and a 6-6 tie. However, starter Dominic Favazza got out of a one-out, bases loaded jam to keep the game tied up.
SJU would blow things open in the bottom half, sending 10 hitters to the plate and scoring six runs. With one out and the bases loaded, SLU reliever Jason Bell was called for a balk before he even threw a pitch, scoring Valesente. Taylor would then score on a wild pitch during the same at bat before Cook grounded back to first for the second out. Then the floodgates opened, as Drew Smith doubled down the right field line, Renner singled to center, Coleman singled to left center, and Tiagwad singled through the infield to score four straight runs and put the Hawks on top, 12-6.
SLU closed within five on a sacrifice fly in the fifth by Jerry Mancuso, but the Hawks scored five more in the fifth to put the game out of reach. SJU scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith, a single by Coleman, and a bases-loaded triple by Tiagwad to take a 17-7 lead into the late innings.
Saint Louis got one back in the seventh on a single by Mike McKean, but that would be it for the scoring as Rivera retired seven of the last eight hitters he faced to end the game.
In the nightcap, Alemann scattered eight hits and allowed just three runs while striking out eight as the Billikens earned a 7-3 win. For the Hawks, starter Kyle Mullen followed his strong outing last week with another solid night, going five innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits in five innings.
In the first, SLU took an early lead on an RBI groundout by Danny Brock, but the Hawks would tie it in the bottom half as Valesente laced a single through the left side to score Tiagwad.
The Billikens poked their noses in front in the second, but SJU would answer again on a Valesente fielder's choice in the bottom of the third.
J.D. Dunn put Saint Louis back on top in the top of the fourth with a solo home run, but the Hawks were equal to the task for the third time, pushing a run across in the fifth after Coleman tripled and Tiagwad singled him home.
An RBI single by Lucas Calderon in the sixth off of reliever Quentin Farr (3-1) gave the Billikens a 4-3 lead, and they added a trio of insurance runs in the eighth to seal the victory.
On the day, Coleman had six hits and a walk in 10 plate appearances, scoring four times and driving in a pair of runs as well. Tiagwad was 6-for-10 with a run scored and five driven in over the course of the day.
The teams return to Campbell's Field for the rubber game on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats and streaming audio will be available at www.sjuhawks.com.