NEWARK, N.J. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team overcame an early deficit en route to an 8-1 win over NJIT at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
NJIT (18-20) took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as Justin Etts led off the game with a double and eventually came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Jesse Uttendorfer.
The Hawks tied the score in the fourth before going ahead in the fifth. Kadar Namey led off the top of the fourth with a single and stole second before scoring on a base hit by James McConnon. An inning later, Marc Giacalone led off with a single before eventually scoring on an error.
Saint Joseph’s (17-24) broke the game open with a five-spot in the eighth. A double by Charlie Concannon, a walk to Kadar Namey, and a sacrifice by McConnon put runners on second and third with one out for Langston Livingston, who walked to load the bases. Brian Markoski followed with a two-run double to make it a 4-1 game.
Giacalone then singled home two more to extend the lead to 6-1 and chase pitcher Tommy Derer from the game. Giacalone then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before coming home on a single by Matt Cuppari.
Concannon then led off the ninth with a home run to set the final margin for the Hawks.
Tim Brennan was strong on the mound, tossing six innings for his seventh win of the season. He retired 12 consecutive hitters at one point, finishing the day with one run allowed on five hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter. Sean Lubreski took the loss for the Highlanders, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings.
The teams will meet again on Sunday at Smithson Field. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.