PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team rallied back from a 6-3 deficit with a three-run fifth and a run in the sixth to earn a 7-6 win over Villanova on Wednesday afternoon. Mike Muha and Stefan Kancylarz led the way offensively for the Hawks; Muha recorded three hits and scored a pair of runs, while Kancylarz had two hits and a pair of runs batted in.
Villanova (12-25) got one back in the home half of the inning on two walks and two balks, but SJU answered with a singleton in the second on a Chris Hueth double to extend the lead to 3-1.
The Wildcats went ahead in the third, plating three runs on four hits and a wild pitch to take a 4-3 lead. VU then extended the margin to 6-3 in the fourth on a pair of two-out RBI singles.
The Hawks tied things up in the top of the fifth. After a one-out single by Muha, Kancylarz ripped a triple to right to score Muha and cut the deficit to two. Kevin Kratochwill followed with a sacrifice fly to bring the Hawks back within a run at 6-5.
Brian O'Keefe led off the sixth for Saint Joseph’s and reached on a fielding error before stealing second base. Two batters later, Muha singled to left to bring home O’Keefe with what turned out to be the winning run.
Villanova threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but Steve Schuler struck out Luke Emling to escape the inning. The Wildcats then had runners at second and third with two down in the ninth, but Schuler fanned Adam Goss to lock down his third save of the season.
Ryan Kelly earned the win for the Hawks, improving to 2-2 on the season, while Chris Haggarty was tagged with the loss for Villanova and fell to 2-1.
After a day off on Thursday, the Hawks will head to La Salle for the first of a three-game Atlantic 10 series on Friday afternoon. First pitch at Hank DeVincent Field is set for 3:00 p.m.