CARY, N.C. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team dropped a pair of contests on Saturday at the USA Baseball Complex. In the opener, the Hawks fell to Tulane, 12-7, before going down to Army West Point, 11-5, in the nightcap.
In Saturday’s first game, the Hawks opened up an early lead, but the Green Wave scored 10 unanswered to pull away for a 12-7 win.
Saint Joseph’s (2-5) took the lead right out of the gates as Brendan Hueth led off with a single and Andrew Cossetti hit his second home run of the season to give SJU a 2-0 lead. Charlie Concannon then struck out, but reached on a wild pitch; he eventually came around to score on a single by Nate Thomas to extend the lead to 3-0.
Tulane (9-2) cut the lead in half in the top of the third, but the Hawks answered with a three-spot in the fourth. Bendo and Hueth started the frame with singles, and Bendo would then score on a throwing error that moved Hueth up to third and made it a 5-2 game.
McConnon followed with an RBI groundout before Cossetti was hit by a pitch; consecutive singles by Dominic Cuoci and Thomas pushed Cossetti across and extended the Hawk lead to 7-2.
That’s when the Green Wave offense sparked to life, plating four runs in the top of the fifth on two hits, an error, and four walks. Tulane would then draw level in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Sal Gozzo.
A solo home run by Luke Glancy in the eighth and then a four-run ninth sealed the deal for the Green Wave. Brendan Cellucci tossed two and two-thirds innings of relief to notch the victory for Tulane, while Grant Calvarese took the loss for SJU.
In the day’s second game, a six-run third inning propelled Army West Point past the Hawks, 11-5.
West Point (4-4) took the lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Josh White, but the Hawks answered with run in the second and third to edge in front. Two-out singles by Matt Cuppari and Brian Vance, coupled with a throwing error, allowed the Hawks to tie the game in the top of the second.
In the third, McConnon and Cossetti hit back-to-back singles before a wild pitch allowed McConnon to score the go-ahead run.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, the Black Knights batted around in the bottom of the inning, notching six runs on five hits to take control of the game. Army would add two more in the fourth to extend the lead to 9-2.
Cossetti got aboard via a two-out single in the fifth and moved to second on a passed ball; he then came around to score on a single by Cuoci to make it 9-3. Thomas followed with another RBI single to cut the deficit to five.
The Black Knights tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth and added one more in the sixth before Bendo singled, advanced on an error, and scored on a base hit by Cuppari in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Sam Messina threw five innings for Army to notch the win, while Jordan DiValerio started for Saint Joseph’s and was saddled with the loss.
The Hawks will close out their trip to Cary with a game against Dartmouth on Sunday. Game time has been moved up to 10:00 a.m.