PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph's baseball team will host Richmond this weekend in a three-game Atlantic 10 set at Smithson Field. The series kicks off on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday's game will be Alumni and Family Day at Smithson Field. Saint Joseph's will welcome former players and their families back to Hawk Hill for an afternoon of baseball. The Hawk will be in attendance, and will be joined once again by the Phillie Phanatic.
In addition, kids will be able to run the bases after the game.
SAINT JOSEPH'S (27-10, 13-4) vs. RICHMOND (18-22-1, 9-9)
Friday, 3:00 p.m.: RHP Daniel Thorpe (SJU) vs. LHP Dylan Stoops (UR)
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.: RHP Jordan Carter (SJU) vs. LHP Zak Sterling (UR)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.: RHP Tyler Pallante (SJU) vs. RHP Ryan Cook (UR)
• Saint Joseph’s set a new program record for wins in a season on Tuesday as the Hawks notched their 27th win of 2014 in a triumph over Rider.
• Last season, the Hawks took two of three at Richmond, including a dramatic 12-inning victory in a game that was suspended due to storms.
• Saturday’s game marks SJU’s annual Alumni and Family Day. Each year, the Hawks welcome former SJU players and their families back to Hawk Hill for an afternoon of baseball. Special guests include The Hawk and the Phillie Phanatic, and kids will be able to run the bases after the game.
LAST TIME OUT...
...Saint Joseph’s set a new school record for wins in a season with a 7-4 victory over Rider. The Hawks took an early 3-0 lead, but trailed 4-3 in the sixth inning. Mike Muha led off the sixth with a double and scored on a double by Tommy Cunningham, who came in on a single by Kevin Kratochwill to score what turned out to be the winning run. Spencer Judge then capped off the inning with his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot, to help propel the Hawks to their 27th win of the season.
Over the weekend, the Hawks moved into first place in the Atlantic 10 with a sweep of La Salle. Muha and Stefan Kancylarz each went deep in Friday’s 6-4 win, while the Hawks pounded out 17 hits in each of the next two games en route to a 12-2 win on Saturday and a 13-7 win on Sunday. Muha was 10-of-16 in the series to pace the offense.
Muha earned Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week honors, hitting .520 over the course of five games. Jordan Carter tossed eight strong innings to win Big 5 Pitcher of the Week honors for the third straight week.
PUTTIN’ ON THE FRITZ: The Hawks have increased their win total in each of Fritz Hamburg’s five previous seasons as head coach. The Hawks have averaged better than 21 wins per season under Hamburg, the highest mark in school history, and Hamburg currently ranks as Saint Joseph’s fourth-winningest coach of all-time.
BIG (5) MEN ON CAMPUS: Formed in 2006 as the Diamond Five, Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball aims to increase exposure for college baseball in the Philadelphia area. The organization selects a Pitcher and Player of the Week throughout the year and names an All-Big 5 Team and award winners at the end of the season.
RUBBER ARM: Senior Steven Schuler set a program record for appearances in a season in 2012, pitching in 30 games for the Hawks. Schuler now holds the program’s career mark as well, pitching in the 74th game of his career on March 22. His 2.81 career earned run average ranks him fourth all-time among SJU pitchers who have thrown 60 innings.
HIT EARLY, HIT OFTEN: Saint Joseph’s is currently outscoring its opposition 53-23 in the first inning of games this season. The Hawks are also outscoring their opponents 58-11 in the eighth inning or later, showing a critical ability to both extend leads and come from behind.
HERE’S JOHNNY: Junior catcher Brian O’Keefe is once again on the watch list for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award. Named for Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench, the award is presented annually by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.
THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTY: Senior Steven Schuler and junior Lansing Veeder have provided a shutdown combination at the back end of the Saint Joseph’s bullpen. The pair has combined for 29 appearances and has not allowed a run in 40.2 innings thus far this season. Freshman Tyler Pallante is tied with Veeder for the team lead in appearances.
NO JOKE: The Hawks were down to their final strike in a Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinal against Villanova on April 1 as Ryan Pater faced a 3-2 count. He responded with a two-run single to tie the game, and Steven Schuler notched consecutive strikeouts with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The Hawks went on to win, 8-6, in 10 innings, to advance to the semifinals.
RALLY, RINSE, REPEAT: A day after stunning the Wildcats in extra innings, Saint Joseph’s used a six-run eighth inning to beat Villanova, 9-6, on April 2. Villanova led 3-1 after one inning, and despite SJU tying the game in the seventh, the Wildcats batted around and took a 6-3 lead in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the frame, the Hawks sent 10 hitters to the plate en route to scoring six runs and taking the lead for good.
BANK ON IT: The Hawks returned to the Liberty Bell Classic Championship game for the second time in three years as SJU came from behind to beat Penn, 4-2, in 13 innings on April 8. Collin Forgey hit his first home run of the season, a blast over the wall in center field, to give the Hawks their first lead of the game in the 13th. Steven Schuler tossed a career-high four innings to earn the win.
MONSTERS OF MASH: The Hawk bats exploded at Fordham on April 11 and 12, racking up 30 runs in two games against the Rams. SJU posted a 13-1 win on April 11 before using an 11-run second inning to crush the Rams, 17-1, on April 12. The Hawks have now scored double-digit runs in five of their 11 conference games.
A DAY FOR THE AGES: Jordan Carter had an afternoon to remember at Fordham on April 12. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and struck out 15 batters as the Hawks routed the Rams, 17-1. The 15 strikeouts tied a 49-year-old school record set in May of 1965. After his historic performance, Carter pulled in numerous national and regional accolades:
• Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week
• National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Pitcher of the Week
• NCAA.com Top Performer of the Week
• ECAC Division I South Co-Pitcher of the Week
• Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week
• Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week
POP IN THE CLUTCH: Collin Forgey has a knack for coming through in the clutch during his time on Hawk Hill. He lived up to that reputation once again on April 13, as his two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth gave the Hawks a 4-3 win at Fordham to complete a series sweep. It marked the seventh time Forgey has scored or driven in the go-ahead/game-winning run in the eighth inning or later in his season and a half at Saint Joseph's:
• April 24, 2013 vs. Delaware (sac fly in the bottom of the 10th)
• April 26, 2013 at Massachusetts (two-run double in the top of the 12th)
• March 1, 2014 vs. Gardner-Webb (scored winning run in the bottom of the 12th)
• April 1, 2014 at Villanova (scored go-ahead run in top of the 10th)
• April 2, 2014 vs. Villanova (two-run single in the top of the 8th)
• April 8, 2014 at Penn (two-run home run in the top of the 13th)
• April 13, 2014 at Fordham (two-run double in the top of the 9th)
BE LIKE MIKE: The Hawks had led 2-0 for most of the afternoon on April 18, but a two-run eighth tied the game between Saint Joseph’s and Dayton heading to the ninth. Mike Muha led off the inning and ended any drama right away, hitting the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left to give the Hawks a 3-2 walk-off win.
RING FOR THE BELL: Saint Joseph’s claimed its second Liberty Bell Classic in three years on April 22, beating La Salle by a 10-3 score at Citizens Bank Park. The Hawks scored five runs in the first inning and three in the eighth on the way to the program’s second victory in four title game appearances.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG NIGHT: Under the lights at Citizens Bank Park, Collin Forgey etched his name in Hawk baseball lore with a 6-for-6 performance. The graduate student hit six singles, a new school record, and eclipsed the single-game record for hits as well with SJU’s first-ever six-hit game.
BREAK OUT THE BROOMSTICKS: Saint Joseph's swept crosstown rival La Salle in a three-game set April 25-27. In the final two games of the series, the potent Hawk offense scored 25 runs and pounded out 34 hits. Senior Mike Muha led the way, going 10-for-16 (.625) with a 1.258 OPS during the series, en route to both Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Player of the Week honors.
JORDAN RULES: Senior Jordan Carter fanned five over eight innings in a 12-2 win at La Salle on April 26. He was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the third consecutive week. During that span, Carter posted a mind-boggling 28-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25.0 innings.
AROUND THE A-10: Here’s a look at the rest of the Atlantic 10 schedule for the weekend:
Dayton at Saint Louis
George Mason at Massachusetts
George Washington at VCU
La Salle at Fordham
Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure
SAINT JOSEPH’S RECORD WHEN...
...scoring first: 21-5
...leading after three innings: 16-3
...leading after six innings: 18-1
...leading after seven innings: 20-0
...leading after eight innings: 19-0
...trailing after three innings: 8-6
...trailing after six innings: 5-8
...trailing after seven innings: 3-10
...trailing after eight innings: 3-10
...tied after eight innings: 3-0
...playing extra innings: 4-0
...playing a one-run game: 6-2
...scoring 10 runs or more: 12-0
...scoring three runs or less: 3-7
...allowing 10 runs or more: 0-3
...allowing three runs or less: 19-0
...facing a left-handed starter: 6-5
...facing a right-handed starter: 21-5