MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph's baseball team secured a doubleheader sweep on Friday afternoon, taking game one from Dayton, 4-1, before riding a five-run fourth inning to a 7-1 win in game two.
In the opener, Tim Brennan tossed a complete game to lead the Hawks past the Flyers, 4-1.
Cal Jadacki gave Saint Joseph's (18-24 overall, 9-11 Atlantic 10) the lead in the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his third of the season.
The Hawks extended the lead in the third. Matt Maul started things off with a one-out double and came in to score on a single by Deon Stafford, Jr. Two batters later, Dominic Cuoci hit his 10th home run of the season to make it a 4-0 lead.
Dayton (17-33 overall, 6-14 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the fourth as Brandon Smith hit a solo home run to left.
Brennan retired 17 of 20 hitters he faced between the second and seventh innings to keep the Flyers at bay. After inducing a double play to get out of the eighth, he allowed a two-out single in the ninth before Takahiro Yamada flew out to left to end the ballgame.
Brennan scattered eight hits and struck out seven without walking a batter in the Hawks' first complete game of the season and the second of Brennan's collegiate career. He improved to 3-4, while Dayton starter Kevin Piersol fell to 1-4 after allowing four runs on six hits in six and a third innings of work.
In the nightcap, the Hawks sent 10 batters to the plate in a five-run fourth inning en route to a 7-1 win and a sweep of the day's twinbill.
The Hawks went ahead right away as Maul reached on an error, Stafford drew a four-pitch walk, and Charlie Concannon ripped a single up the middle that brought home Maul and put the Hawks up, 1-0.
UD's Austin Cline then retired eight in a row before Concannon led off the fourth and singled to right. Cuoci followed with a single to left before Jadacki ripped a double to the gap in left center to score both runs and push the margin to 3-0.
After a walk to Marc Giacalone, Peter Sitaras followed with a two-run double of his own to make it a 5-0 game. Sitaras then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Boyd before scoring on a groundout by James McConnon.
Nick Ryan put Dayton on the board in the top of the fifth with a solo home run. The Flyers then loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Zach DeVincenzo came on in relief of Justin Aungst and induced a double play ball out of Mitch Coughlin to maintain the 6-1 lead.
A pair of one-out walks in the seventh put the Flyers in position to threaten again, but Boyd made a sliding stop on a grounder by Tate Hagan and started another double play to keep the margin at five.
Stafford then led off the seventh with a single before coming around on a triple by Jadacki to close out the scoring. Jake Meyers came on in relief of DeVincenzo and tossed two perfect innings to polish off the sweep.
Aungst notched the win, improving to 1-3 after allowing a run on seven hits and four walks while striking out six in five and a third innings. DeVincenzo and Meyers held the Flyers hitless over the final three and two-thirds to seal the victory.
The teams are currently set to play the series finale on Sunday at noon. The Hawks will honor their departing seniors in a pre-game ceremony.