March 11, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Senior Kevin Taylor hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to center with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, to lead the Saint Joseph's baseball team to a 6-3 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Sunday.
With the score tied at 3-3 and runners on first and second with two down, Taylor sent a 2-1 pitch from UMES hurler James Smith deep over the fence in center field to provide what would become the winning margin. It was the first home run hit at SJU's new baseball facility.
Maryland Eastern Shore (0-14) took the lead in the top of the second as Tre-von Johnson led off with an infield single and eventually came around to score on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Saint Joseph's (3-12) answered in the bottom half, taking a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Eddie Palmer legged out an infield single to bring home Greg Kumpel with the tying run. Stefan Kancylarz followed with a walk to give SJU the lead before Brian O'Keefe was hit by a pitch two batters later to extend the lead to two.
UMES equalized in the top half of the fourth on an RBI double by Brandon Schott and an RBI single by Stephen Bull.
The teams traded goose eggs until the bottom of the sixth, when Palmer led off with a walk and O'Keefe drew one three batters later to set up Taylor's heroics.
Daniel Thorpe tossed three and a third shutout innings in relief of Jordan Carter to earn the win. Lansing Veeder earned his first career save, allowing just one hit while striking out two over the final two innings.
Smith took the loss for UMES, allowing three runs and three walks in an inning and a third; the only hit he ceded was Taylor's home run.
Patience at the plate paid off for SJU as the Hawks drew seven walks on the day; three of those batters came around to score, as did one of the four Saint Joseph's hit batsmen of the game.
The Hawks will host Villanova on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. First pitch on the Maguire Campus is set for 3:00 p.m.