MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team had its 10-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon as Richmond scored five runs in the final three innings to defeat the Hawks, 8-5, at Smithson Field.
The 10-game run matched the second-longest winning streak in school history; the 1982 team opened the season 12-0, while the 1973 squad also won 10 in a row.
Saint Joseph’s (29-11 overall, 15-5 Atlantic 10) took the lead in the first inning, as Chris Hueth led off with a double and scored when Brian O'Keefe followed with a double of his own. Collin Forgey then singled home O’Keefe to put the Hawks on top, 2-0.
Richmond (19-24-1 overall, 10-11 Atlantic 10) got one back in the second on a triple by Tyler Beckwith. The Spiders then equalized in the fourth on a home run by Kurtis Brown.
The Hawks answered right away, plating three in the bottom of the fourth. Mike Muha led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by Stefan Kancylarz. Two batters later, Taylor Boyd hit a chopper over the head of UR first baseman Doug Kraeger and into right field to score both runs. After a passed ball and a fielding error, Boyd came in to score on a fielder’s choice by Hueth to extend the Hawk lead to 5-2.
Consecutive doubles by Xander Maddox and Jansen Fraser pulled the Spiders back within a pair in the fifth. Richmond then tied things up in the seventh on a two-run single by Fraser.
In the eighth, three walks allowed the Spiders to score two runs without a hit and take a 7-5 lead. UR extended the lead on a double by Adam Forrer in the top of the ninth.
SJU put runners on the corners with two outs in the ninth, but Ray Harron came on to induce a ground ball for his fourth save of the season.
Harron saved the game for Ryan Cook, who allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out eight in seven innings, to improve to 4-1. Steven Schuler took the loss for Saint Joseph’s to fall to 5-1.
The Hawks return to Smithson Field on Tuesday, May 6, for a 3:00 game against Delaware.