MERION STATION, Pa. – The Hawk bats continued to thrive in the rain as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team pummeled St. Bonaventure, 15-3, at Smithson Field on Sunday. For the second straight game, the entire starting lineup reached base, and the Hawks posted double-digit hits for the 10th time in their last 12 games.
The game, delayed by nearly two hours and played in cold temperatures and a constant rain, was called in the eighth inning when a torrential downpour made conditions unplayable. SJU has now played its last three home games in the rain, scoring 45 runs in just 19 turns at bat.
Saint Joseph’s (12-7 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10) grabbed the advantage right away, taking a 3-0 lead after one. Brian O'Keefe singled with one out and moved up to second on a groundout by Collin Forgey. Tommy Cunningham singled deep in the hole at short to leave runners on the corners for Mike Muha, who doubled down the left field line to score O’Keefe with the game’s first run. Kevin Kratochwill followed with a double down the line of his own to score Cunningham and Muha and push the lead to three.
It was more of the same in the second, as SJU tacked on five more to blow the game open. A pair of one-out walks to Ryan Pater and Chris Hueth led to consecutive RBI singles from O’Keefe and Forgey that made it a 5-0 game. Cunningham followed with a sacrifice fly before Muha singled and Kratochwill doubled to extend the margin to 8-0.
Hueth started things off in the third with a two-out triple, and after a walk to O’Keefe, Forgey hit a two-run triple of his own to nudge the lead into double digits. Cunningham then brought him home with a single to leave the Hawks on top 11-0 after three.
In the fifth, the Hawks added their final four runs of the contest. Hueth started the inning by reaching on a throwing error, and immediately came in to score on a double by O’Keefe. Two batters later, Muha hit into a fielder’s choice that score O’Keefe and increased the lead to 13-0. A pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs for Cal Jadacki, who drove in the first two runs of his career with a single up the middle to make the score 15-0 in favor of SJU.
St. Bonaventure (4-15 overall, 0-5 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the seventh, scoring on an RBI groundout by Andy LaLonde, and added two more in the eighth on a dropped third strike and a double by Tyler Bell.
Daniel Thorpe tossed six shutout innings for Saint Joseph’s to improve to 4-0 on the year. He allowed three hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts; he also induced four inning-ending double plays in the game’s first five innings and did not allow a runner past second base.
Joel Rosencrance took the loss for the Bonnies, falling to 2-3. He was charged with all 15 runs, 11 of them earned, and allowed 12 hits in four and two-thirds innings. He issued six walks while fanning five.
O’Keefe continued his white-hot start to the season, going 3-for-3 with a walk, four runs scored, and two RBI. Cunningham, Forgey, Kratochwill, and Muha added two hits apiece, while Forgey, Kratochwill, and Muha also chipped in with three RBI apiece. Hueth and Muha scored three runs each in the game as well.
Saint Joseph’s takes a break from conference play for a pair of games against Villanova this week. Tuesday’s contest at Villanova Ballpark is a Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinal matchup rescheduled from March 25, while Wednesday’s regularly scheduled game will be played at Smithson Field.