GREENVILLE, N.C. – Five Hawk pitchers combined to allow just one hit as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team kicked off play in the Keith LeClair Classic with a 6-3 win over Missouri State at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Tim Brennan allowed two runs on one hit and two walks while striking out nine in six strong innings before Kyle Smith, Ryan Devine, Eric Sigovich, and Steve Powles finished off the one-hitter to help the Hawks to their second consecutive victory.
Missouri State (4-3) took the lead in the top of the first. After Brennan fanned the first two batters of the game, a pair of full-count walks brought Drew Millas to the plate; his double down the left field line brought home Jeremy Eierman and Ben Whetstone with the game’s first runs.
Brennan would then go on to face just one batter over the minimum over the next five innings, not allowing a hit or a walk over the remainder of his outing.
Saint Joseph’s (2-3) eventually broke through offensively in the bottom of the sixth. Brendan Hueth led off with a walk to chase starter Austin Knight from the game. Charlie Concannon greeted Logan Wiley with a single before Wiley’s error allowed James McConnon to reach and load the bases.
Dominic Cuoci promptly unloaded them with a single to left to tie the game at 2-2. Two batters later, Liam Bendo singled home McConnon before Stetzar brought Cuoci in with a single of his own to put the Hawks on top, 4-2.
After a wild pitch moved Stetzar up to second, Marc Giacalone drew a walk to load the bases for Hueth, whose second free pass of the inning forced Bendo home to extend the lead to 5-2.
The Bears got one back in the seventh on a passed ball, but a double by Cuoci and a single by Matt Maul restored the three-run advantage in the bottom of the frame. A pair of walks re-loaded the bases for SJU, but Connor Sechler was able to work out of the jam for MSU.
Sigovich tossed a perfect eighth for the Hawks before Powles came on to send the Bears down in order in the ninth for his first career save.
Brennan earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the season. Wiley took the loss, allowing five runs – two earned – on six hits and two walks in an inning and a third.
Offensively, Cuoci led the way for SJU, going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in and two runs scored. Maul also recorded a pair of hits as every Hawk in the starting lineup reached base safely during the game.
The Hawks will return to the diamond at noon on Saturday when they meet Pepperdine on the second day of the Keith LeClair Classic.