BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team rapped out 12 hits on Tuesday afternoon on the way to a 10-2 victory over Lehigh at Walker Field. Every hitter in the Hawks lineup reached base in the game, which snapped a five-game skid for SJU.
The Mountain Hawks equalized in the home half of the frame, however, on a solo home run from Quinn McKenna.
Charlie Concannon put the Hawks back on top in the fourth, sending the first pitch of the inning over the fence in right for a 2-1 lead. James McConnon followed with a single and eventually came around on a sacrifice fly by Namey to extend the advantage to 3-1.
The Hawks built on the lead in the fifth. Matt Maul and Brendan Hueth started the inning off with singles before Concannon reached on an error to load the bases. McConnon then drew a walk to force home Maul before Giacalone singled two batters later to knock in a pair and make it a 6-1 game.
Lehigh (15-24) pushed a run across in the eighth on a single by Jeff Shanfeldt, but the Hawks responded with four in the top of the ninth. After Hueth singled and Concannon walked to start the frame, Stetzar singled through the left side to bring home Hueth and restore the five-run margin.
A wild pitch then left runners on second and third for Namey, who doubled to left to clear the bases. Liam Bendo followed with a two-base hit of his own, scoring Namey and setting the final margin at 10-2.
Jordan DiValerio turned in a solid start on the mound, allowing just one run on three hits in five innings; he struck out five while walking two to improve to 1-1 on the season. Ryan Devine, Hayden Seig, and Steve Powles combined to allow a single run in four innings of relief.
Cole McManimon got the start for Lehigh and took the loss, falling to 1-2 after allowing three runs in three and a third innings.
The Hawks return to Smithson Field for their next five games, beginning with a 3:00 first pitch on Wednesday against Rider.