CARY, N.C. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team wrapped up its early-season residency in North Carolina with a 4-2 defeat to Dartmouth on Sunday. Graduate student Dominic Cuoci led the Hawks with a pair of base hits.
Saint Joseph’s (2-6) has played all eight of its games this season in the Tar Heel State; the Hawks also had a series at High Point canceled due to rain last weekend.
SJU took the early lead on Sunday as Brendan Hueth led off the game with a single, stole second, and came in to score on a single by Nate Thomas. Cuoci then followed with a double to give the Hawks runners on second and third with two out, but pitcher Trystan Sarcone was able to get out of the inning without further damage.
Dartmouth (4-4) went in front in the bottom of the second. A one-out home run by Matt Feinstein was followed by a Steffen Torgersen single; a balk and a wild pitch would then move him to third before an RBI groundout from Kade Kretzschmar put the Big Green on top, 2-1.
The Hawks equalized in the fifth. With two outs, Cuoci ripped his second double of the game before Liam Bendo reached on a throwing error. That allowed Cuoci to cross the plate and tie the game, 2-2.
Blake Crossing led off the sixth for Dartmouth with a walk and advanced to third on a single by Torgersen. Bennett McCaskill then hit into a fielder’s choice that brought the run home to give Dartmouth a 3-2 lead.
The Big Green would add an insurance run in the eighth as Crossing singled, advanced on a wild pitch, and then scored on a single by Feinstein.
The Hawks would bring the tying run to the plate with two down in the top of the ninth, but Jonah Jenkins finished off his relief outing by inducing a fielder’s choice to end the ballgame.
Jenkins tossed five innings, allowing an unearned run on one hit while striking out five to earn the win. Mike Falco took the loss for SJU, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings.
Neither starter factored into the decision, as Sarcone allowed one run in four innings and SJU’s Matt Kennedy allowed two runs on four hits in five innings.
The Hawks are currently scheduled to visit Bucknell on Tuesday before their home opener against Lehigh on Wednesday. As wintry weather is expected to move through Pennsylvania on Sunday night, any weather-related alterations to the schedule will be announced on SJUHawks.com and the Hawks’ social media accounts.