MERION STATION, Pa. - Justin Aungst was outstanding on the mound, tossing his first career shutout, as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team blanked NJIT, 3-0, at Smithson Field on Sunday afternoon.
Aungst scattered six hits while striking out five across nine innings. He hit one batter but did not issue a walk.
NJIT (18-21) threatened to take the early lead in the top half of the second, loading the bases with two outs, but Aungst helped his own cause by fielding a ground ball off the bat of Alex Burman and tossing to first to end the inning. The Highlanders would not have another runner reach third base for the remainder of the contest.
Saint Joseph’s (18-24) got on the board in the third. Liam Bendo led off the frame with a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, and then ended up on third after a single by Brian Vance. A Brendan Hueth fielder’s choice then allowed Bendo to cross the plate with the game’s first run.
Matt Maul followed with a double to left that brought Hueth all the way around from first to double the margin to 2-0.
The Hawks added an insurance run in the fifth as Hueth singled, advanced to second on a bunt by Maul, and scored on a single by Charlie Concannon.
It would be all Aungst after that as the senior righthander retired nine Highlanders in a row and then allowed just a pair of singles in the final two innings en route to his first complete game in a Hawk uniform.
Jared Kacso was on the losing end for NJIT, allowing three runs on five hits in four and two-thirds innings of work.
The Hawks will visit George Mason on Friday for the first of a three-game set. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.