MERION STATION, Pa. - Matt Maul’s two-out triple in the bottom of the sixth put the Saint Joseph’s baseball team ahead to stay on Wednesday afternoon as the Hawks held on for a 4-3 win over Rider at Smithson Field.
Rider (10-24) scored a pair of unearned runs on a throwing error in the top of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. The Hawks answered right away in the bottom half, scoring three times with two outs.
Kadar Namey struck out to seemingly end the inning, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach first safely to extend the frame. Brian Vance followed with a walk before Jake Artz singled to right center to score Namey and tie the game.
Maul then came up and ripped a ball to the gap in left center that split the defense and rolled all the way to the wall. Vance and Artz scored and Maul slid into third with a triple to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead.
The Broncs threatened in the ninth as a pair of one-out singles and a walk loaded the bases for Rider’s leading hitter, Joe Simone. Ryan Kelly fanned Simone for out number two, but Brennan McAllister followed with a single through the left side that scored a run but did not allow the runners to take an extra base.
That would prove advantageous for the Hawks, as Kelly induced a fly ball from Riley Mihalik on the next pitch to end the ballgame.
Saint Joseph’s (16-20) initially took the lead right out of the gate as Maul and Matt Cuppari singled to start the game. After a walk to Charlie Concannon loaded the bases, James McConnon’s groundout plated Maul to put the Hawks ahead, 1-0.
After that, neither team would get a runner past second base until the Broncs broke through in the sixth.
Kyle Smith tossed an inning of relief and earned the win, while Kelly notched his second save of the season. Anthony Arneth took the loss for Rider.
Jose Martinez was strong in his first collegiate start, allowing four hits and striking out three without issuing a walk in five shutout innings. Neither he nor Rider starter Joe Papeo figured in the decision.
The Hawks will continue their homestand on Friday when Fordham visits Smithson Field for an Atlantic 10 weekend series. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.