TRENTON, N.J.– The Saint Joseph’s baseball team pounded out 18 hits on Tuesday night on the way to a 13-7 win over Rider at Arm & Hammer Park. Three Hawks notched at least three hits, led by freshman Andrew Cossetti, who went 4-for-5 with a walk and three runs batted in.
Saint Joseph’s (15-20) sent 12 hitters to the plate in a six-run second inning. Cossetti and Jake Artz started the inning off with back-to-back doubles to get the Hawks on the board before a walk to Liam Bendo and a single by Brian Vance loaded the bases with nobody out.
Chris Skermo and Brendan Hueth then hit consecutive RBI singles to extend the lead to 3-0 and chase Broncs starter Kyle Smith. Two batters later, Nate Thomas hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 game before Dominic Cuoci drew a walk to load the bases for Cossetti, who ripped a single to push the Hawk advantage to 6-0.
Kadar Namey led off the fourth with a double and came around to score on another single by Cossetti to make it a 7-0 game.
Rider (13-26) broke through for a three-spot in the fifth, capitalizing on four hits and three errors to cut the Hawk lead to 7-3, but SJU responded with five runs in the top of the sixth.
With two outs and Cuoci and Artz aboard after a pair of singles, Bendo and Vance recorded back-to-back hits to drive in a pair and make it 9-3. After a pitching change, Skermo followed with a double to score Bendo before Hueth hit a two-run single to push the lead to 12-3.
The Broncs got one back in the bottom of the inning, but Bendo added an RBI single of his own in the top of the seventh to restore the nine-run lead.
Rider scored another run in the bottom of the seventh and got two more in the eighth, but Cole Stetzar worked around a single and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth to end the ballgame.
Ryan Devine earned the win for the Hawks, tossing four shutout innings and allowing four hits while striking out three and walking none to improve to 2-1. Smith took the loss for Rider, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks in an inning-plus.
Saint Joseph’s will return to the diamond on Friday afternoon for the first of a three-game set at Dayton. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.