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Tim Ponto tossed four shutout innings on Friday
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Baseball Falls at Fordham, 5-0
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  04/14/2017

BRONX, N.Y. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team dropped the second of a three-game series at Fordham on Friday, falling to the Rams, 5-0, at Houlihan Park.

Reiss Knehr was nearly unhittable for Fordham (17-13 overall, 6-4 Atlantic 10), allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out 16 over eight and a third innings.  He fanned 11 in a row and 13 of 14 hitters at one point.

Saint Joseph’s (10-17 overall, 3-5 Atlantic 10) put a runner on in the first after Charlie Concannon drew a two-out walk, but Knehr did not allow another runner until the seventh inning, when Deon Stafford, Jr., broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single.

Fordham stuffed all of the afternoon’s offense into one inning, scoring five runs on five hits in the bottom of the third.    The Rams threatened to add on with runners on second and third with two out, but Jordan DiValerio came on in relief of Hayden Seig and struck out Jason Lundy to prevent further damage.

With the exception of the critical third inning, the Hawks only allowed one Fordham runner past second base.  DiValerio allowed just a walk to go with two strikeouts in an inning and a third, while Tim Ponto tossed four shutout innings, allowing just three hits and fanning three.

Knehr improved to 3-3 on the season with the win, while Seig fell to 2-2.

The Hawks will look to turn things around in the series finale on Saturday.  First pitch at Houlihan Park is set for noon.

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