PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team fell in its final game of the Snowbird Classic, dropping a 5-3 result to Harvard at North Charlotte Regional Park on Sunday.

The Crimson took the lead in the top half of the first with three hits, culminating in an RBI single by Hunter Bigge.

Saint Joseph’s (5-10) answered in the bottom half, however, taking the lead just four batters into the frame.  Brendan Hueth led off with a single, and after a fielder’s choice from Liam Bendo and a walk by James McConnon, the Hawks had two on with one out for Dominic Cuoci.  Cuoci cleared the bases with a double before scoring himself on a single by Andrew Cossetti as the Hawks took a 3-1 lead into the second.

Three consecutive singles to start the third got the Crimson back within one on an RBI by Jake Suddleson, and Matt Thomas followed two batters later with a double to tie the game.

Harvard (7-4) then nosed ahead in the fourth on a Quinn Hoffman single before extending the lead in the seventh on another single by Bigge.

The Hawks would threaten in the eighth, putting runners on the corners with one out, but reliever Kieran Shaw induced a double play to escape the inning.  SJU put two on once again in the ninth, bringing the winning run to the plate with two down, however Shaw notched his second strikeout of the inning to finish the game.

Shaw recorded his fourth save of the season, preserving the win for Buddy Hayward, who allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings to improve to 2-1.  Hayden Seig fell to 0-2, allowing a run while striking out three in two innings of relief.  Saint Joseph’s used five pitchers in the game, and none of them allowed a walk.

The Hawks will return to Hawk Hill for their home opener on Tuesday afternoon against Villanova.  SJU will visit Bucknell on Wednesday before kicking off Atlantic 10 play on Friday at Smithson Field against George Mason.

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