MERION STATION, Pa. – Senior Jordan Carter turned in another dominating performance and the Hawk offense racked up 12 hits as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team clinched its weekend series with a 5-2 win over Richmond on Alumni and Family Day at Smithson Field on Saturday.
Carter was efficient, allowing two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out seven, to improve to 8-3 on the year and tie the SJU record for wins in a season, matched most recently by classmate Daniel Thorpe on Friday. He induced 12 ground ball outs as the Hawk defense turned in one of its finest outings of the season.
Saint Joseph’s (29-10 overall, 15-4 Atlantic 10) took a 1-0 lead in the first as Chris Hueth led off the game with a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Brian O'Keefe, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Collin Forgey.
Both Carter and UR starter Zak Sterling cruised from the second inning until the fifth, when Richmond (18-24-1 overall, 9-11 Atlantic 10) equalized. Ryan Cook drew a leadoff walk to open the frame and advanced to second on a groundout. Tyler Beckwith then singled to put runners on the corners, and two batters later, Nick Poulos singled home Cook to tie the game at 1-1.
The Hawks answered in the sixth, scoring twice to go ahead for good. Hueth started the inning off with a single and came around to score on a double by O’Keefe. Three batters later, Stefan Kancylarz ripped a two-out single to right to score O’Keefe and double the lead to 3-1.
O’Keefe struck again in the seventh, as Taylor Boyd led off with a single and O’Keefe launched his sixth home run of the season to the opposite field to extend the margin to 5-1.
Jansen Fraser hit a two-out home run in the eighth, but that would be it for the Spiders as Steven Schuler came on in the ninth and closed the door for his fifth save of the season.
Sterling was charged with the loss for Richmond, allowing four runs on eight hits in six and a third innings.
O’Keefe finished the day with two hits, two runs scored, and three RBI. Hueth and Kancylarz each turned in three-hit games, while Hueth added a pair of runs scored as well.
The Hawks will look for the sweep on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. at Smithson Field.