The Saint Joseph's baseball team will host Richmond at Smithson Field this weekend in what is a critical three-game set for both squads. First pitch in the opener is set for 3:00 p.m. on Friday.
• Last time out, a seven-run seventh pushed Delaware past Saint Joseph's (10-19 overall, 3-6 Atlantic 10), 11-6, on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Brian Markoski hit his first career home run in the game, while classmate James McConnon notched his first collegiate hit.
• Junior Matt Maul leads the Hawk offense with a .365 average, 38 hits, and four stolen bases. He also ranks second on the team with a .427 on-base percentage as well.
• Junior Dominic Cuoci remains the Hawks' leading power producer with eight home runs and 24 runs batted in while ranking second on the team with a .306 batting average. Junior Deon Stafford, Jr., and sophomore Charlie Concannon have hit five longballs apiece, while senior Brian Lau checks in with four. Concannon and senior Cal Jadacki are second on the team with 14 RBI.
• Stafford's 20 runs are tops on the squad, as are his 23 walks; Jadacki ranks second in both categories with 16 and 20, respectively.
• Sophomore Lucas Rollins leads the Hawks with a 2.85 earned run average, which ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 among all pitchers with as many innings pitched as Rollins' 41.0 for the season. In three appearances in conference play totaling 18.1 innings, Rollins has posted a sparkling 1.47 ERA, while the Hawks as a staff have posted a 2.83 ERA.
• Senior Pat Vanderslice, sophomore Tim Brennan, and freshman Hayden Seig share the team lead in victories with two apiece, while four different Hawks have each notched a save. Brennan's 36 strikeouts are a team high as well.
• Richmond (13-22 overall, 4-5 Atlantic 10) dropped a midweek contest at home to William and Mary on Tuesday, 11-10. Every batter in the starting lineup notched at least one hit for the Spiders as UR took an early 8-0 lead, but the Tribe scored four times in the fifth, five times in the seventh, and twice in the eighth to secure the comeback victory.
• Vinny Capra leads the Spiders and ranks second in the conference with a .386 batting average. He is also tied with Daniel Brumbaugh and Jonathan De Marte for the team lead with three home runs each.
• Capra's 31 runs scored are second on the team; D.J. Lee leads the Spiders with 32, while Brumbaugh has crossed the plate 30 times.
• De Marte's 29 RBI are best on the squad, while Brumbaugh (25) and Lee (20) rank second and third.
• Robbie Baker and Layne Looney have made nine starts apiece, while De Marte leads the Richmond staff with a 2.00 ERA and three saves in 18.0 innings across 11 relief appearances.
• Brumbaugh and De Marte lead the way with three victories each, while Baker's 50 strikeouts pace the Spiders in that category.
Around the Atlantic 10
Here's a look at this weekend's Atlantic 10 slate; teams marked as "idle" may be in action against non-conference opposition:
Dayton at Saint Louis
Massachusetts at La Salle
Rhode Island at George Washington
St. Bonaventure at George Mason
VCU at Fordham
Atlantic 10 Standings