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Matt Maul had three hits on Saturday
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Baseball Falls to Delaware, 10-8
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/25/2017

NORFOLK, Va. – A pair of late rallies came up just short as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team fell to Delaware, 10-8, in the Old Dominion Tournament at the Bud Metheny Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks hit four home runs on the day, while Matt Maul was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and Cal Jadacki and Matt Cuppari notched a pair of hits apiece.

Delaware (1-5) loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the first, but Tim Brennan notched a strikeout and induced a double play ball to escape the jam.

Saint Joseph’s (0-5) would strike first, however, as Maul led off the bottom of the third with his first home run of the season.

Jadacki then led off the fourth with a double and came in to score on a single by Dominic Cuoci.  Cuoci later scored on a wild pitch to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.  Deon Stafford, Jr., led off the fifth with a double before Jadacki homered to right center to extend the advantage to 5-0.

The Blue Hens got on the board in the top of the sixth on a two-run single by Doug Trimble.  Then, with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh, Jordan Glover’s three-run double tied the game at five.

UD took its first lead of the day in the eighth, scoring three times on two hits, two walks, an error, and a wild pitch in the inning.

The Hawks got two back in the bottom of the frame, however, as Brian Lau led off with a solo home run, Maul reached on an error, Cuppari doubled, and Peter Sitaras hit a sacrifice fly.

Delaware would re-establish the three-run margin in the ninth as Trimble hit an inside-the-park home run and James Meeker added a sacrifice fly.  Charlie Concannon then hit a solo home run in the ninth, but Meeker came on to strand the tying runs on base and get the final two outs for the Blue Hens.

Matt Hornich got the win for Delaware, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits in three and a third innings.  Ryan Kelly took the loss, tossing an inning of relief and ceding three runs, but just one earned, on two hits and two walks.  Meeker notched his first save of the season.

Brennan pitched well after a rocky start, retiring seven in a row and nine out of 10 in the middle innings.  He allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.  Nick Spadafino made the start for Delaware, allowing three runs on five hits in three and a third innings.

The Hawks will wrap up the Old Dominion Tournament on Sunday when the meet the host Monarchs.  First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.

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