WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team wrapped up its first of three trips to North Carolina this season with a defeat, falling to VMI, 9-4, at Brooks Field on Sunday.  James McConnon continued his strong start to the season, notching a pair of hits and driving in two runs.

VMI (2-1) got on the board right away as Jake Huggins hit a solo home run in the top of the first, but the Hawks equalized in the bottom half of the inning through a single by Andrew Cossetti that brought home Brendan Hueth to tie the game.

Saint Joseph’s (1-3) grabbed the lead in the second after an error, a single, and a fielder’s choice left two on with one out for McConnon, whose double to left center scored Hueth and Matt Cuppari to put the Hawks on top, 3-1.

The lead would hold until the fifth, when the Keydets pushed four across to go ahead for good.  VMI then extended the lead to 8-3 with a three-spot in the sixth.

The Hawks got one back in the bottom half of the sixth as Kadar Namey singled and eventually scored on an error.  Unfortunately for SJU, the Keydets tacked on another run in the top of the eighth on a single by Don Goodes to set the final margin.

Zak Kent allowed three runs on six hits over five innings to earn the win, while Jordan DiValerio took the loss after allowing five runs – two earned – and six hits while striking out seven in four and two-thirds.

Saint Joseph’s returns to the diamond on Friday for the first of a three-game set at High Point.