ARLINGTON, Va. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team battled back from a six-run deficit to top George Washington, 18-12, in a wild affair at Barcroft Park on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Andrew Cossetti hit two home runs and drove in six runs, graduate student Dominic Cuoci added five more runs batted in, and junior James McConnon went 5-for-6 with a walk to lead the SJU offense, which pounded out 18 hits on the day, including four home runs.
Trailing 12-9 after seven, the Hawks exploded for nine runs in the final two innings to earn their second consecutive conference series victory. Jake Artz and Brendan Hueth started things off with singles before Liam Bendo reached on an error to load the bases with two outs. McConnon then ripped a single to score two and get the Hawks within a run.
After a pitching change, GW’s Andrew Wheeler induced a ground ball out of Nate Thomas, but the throw was high, allowing Bendo to score the tying run. Cuoci followed with his third home run of the year to put the Hawks on top, 15-12.
Hayden Seig came on in the bottom of the eighth and allowed a walk and a single, but a fly ball and a key double play turned by Matt Cuppari kept the Hawks ahead going to the ninth. In the final frame, an error and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Cuoci; he and Cossetti were hit with consecutive pitches to score Hueth and Bendo, respectively, before a walk to Kadar Namey forced home Thomas.
Seig then worked around a leadoff walk to finish off the game for his first save of the season. Jake Meyers earned the win, improving to 2-1 on the year after allowing two runs on two hits in two innings of relief. Jaret Edwards was one of nine pitchers the Colonials used in the game and took the loss after allowing six runs – five unearned – on six hits in two innings of work.
A scoreless first inning belied what was to come, and it was Saint Joseph’s (12-12 overall, 5-1 Atlantic 10) that got things started in the top of the second. Namey hit a one-out solo home run before an Artz single and a Hueth triple doubled the lead.
It would be a short-lived one, however, as consecutive hits by Logan Doran and Anthony Frechette tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
Cossetti put the Hawks ahead once again with an RBI single in the third, but Nate Fassnacht hit his first of two home runs on the day in the bottom of the inning to put the hosts on top, 4-3. The Colonials added three more in the frame on a fielder’s choice, a single, and an error, to push their advantage to 7-3 after three.
McConnon added an RBI single in the top of the fourth, but GW scored three more in the bottom half to make it a 10-4 ballgame.
Cossetti brought the Hawks back into the game at that point. He led off the fifth with a home run to to cut the deficit to five before walks to McConnon and Cuoci in the sixth set Cossetti up for a three-run shot that made it 10-8.
George Washington (15-12 overall, 2-4 Atlantic 10) got a two-out single from Colin Brophy in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead back to three. The teams traded runs in the seventh, with Cuoci notching an RBI single for the Hawks and Dom D’Alessandro bringing in a run on a double play grounder for the Colonials, to make it 12-9 heading into the pivotal eighth inning.
The Hawks will play a pair of nonconference games this week, traveling to Penn on Tuesday before hosting Lehigh on Wednesday at Smithson Field. Both games are set to begin at 3:00 p.m.