MERION STATION, Pa. – Every Hawk in the starting lineup notched at least one hit and scored at least one run as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team routed George Mason, 18-9, in the second of a three-game series at Smithson Field on Saturday.
The Hawks recorded 17 hits on the day and drew 10 walks while scoring in all but two innings. Andrew Cossetti reached base five times, while he, Brendan Hueth, and Liam Bendo drove in three runs apiece on the afternoon.
George Mason (10-11 overall, 0-2 Atlantic 10) jumped out to an immediate lead as Cam Reckling hit a leadoff double and Logan Driscoll followed with a home run to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Saint Joseph’s (9-10 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) batted around in the second inning, sending nine hitters to the plate and scoring five runs to take the lead. After a one-out single by Langston Livingston, Kadar Namey hit his second home run in as many days to put the Hawks on top, 3-2.
Matt Cuppari and Hueth kept things rolling with consecutive singles before Bendo doubled them home to extend the lead to three. Two batters later, a fielding error allowed Bendo to score and make it a 6-2 game.
Cossetti led off the third with a double, and after a walk by Namey, a Hueth double brought both runners home to extend the SJU lead to 8-2.
SJU tacked on a pair in the fourth as Thomas led off with a single and Cossetti ripped a two-run shot over the fence in left to make it 10-2 in favor of the Crimson and Gray.
The Patriots got single runs in the fifth and sixth on a single by Bailey Klein and a sacrifice fly by Driscoll, but the Hawks blew the game open with a seven-run seventh.
Cuppari was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before a single by Hueth and a walk to Bendo loaded the bases for McConnon, whose sacrifice fly made it 11-4 in favor of the Hawks. A bloop single by Thomas reloaded the bases for Cuoci, who ripped a single through the left side to restore the eight-run advantage.
Cossetti and Livingston then drew consecutive bases-loaded walks to extend the lead to 14-4 before Cuppari, Hueth, and Bendo walked in succession, all with the bases loaded, to make it a 17-4 game after seven. All told, SJU’s seven runs came on three hits and six walks, with five of those coming with the bases loaded.
George Mason answered in the eighth, scoring five times in the top half the eighth, but another bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the frame, this time to pinch hitter Brendan Roach, set the final score in favor of the Hawks.
Matt Kennedy allowed four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings to improve to 3-0 on the season for SJU. Nick Zegna was touched up for eight runs on nine hits in just 2.2 innings for George Mason as he fell to 2-2.
Having scored 29 runs and pounded out 30 hits over the series’ first two games, the Hawks will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Smithson Field.