DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team pounded out 14 hits on Saturday afternoon en route to its first conference victory of the season, a 7-1 win over Davidson at Wilson Field.
Saint Joseph’s (6-13 overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10) struck first once again, this time getting on the board in the top of the second inning. Cal Jadacki started things off with a one-out single and moved to third on a double to right center by Dominic Cuoci. Kadar Namey then followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Jadacki and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks had an opportunity for more in the third, putting runners on the corners with two out, but Josh Smutzer recorded a strikeout to keep the lead at a single run.
Pat Vanderslice kept the Wildcats off-balance early on, only facing four more than the minimum over the first five innings before Cuoci gave the Hawks some breathing room in the top of the sixth. After singles by Charlie Concannon and Jadacki, Cuoci took reliever ZJ Zabinski over the wall in right center for his second three-run home run in as many days and a 4-0 SJU lead.
The Hawks added two in the seventh as Marc Giacalone was hit by a pitch and Concannon and Lau hit consecutive two-out singles to make it a 5-0 game. Jadacki then greeted reliever Dan Spear with a single to score Concannon and push the margin to 6-0.
Davidson (12-13 overall, 3-5 Atlantic 10) broke through for one in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out single by Max Bazin.
Concannon then put the icing on the victory with a lead-off home run in the top of the ninth.
Vanderslice earned the win to improve to 2-2 on the year. He allowed one run one three hits and two walks while striking out four in six-plus innings of work. Smutzer took the loss, falling to 4-1, after allowing a run on three hits in five and a third innings. Tim Ponto tossed three shutout innings of relief for his first career save.
Concannon, Cuoci, and Jadacki each notched three hits on the afternoon, while Namey added two of his own to his second-inning sacrifice fly.
The teams will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.