LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – On the back of a season-high 17 hits and 11 walks, the Saint Joseph's baseball team never trailed as it routed Rider, 13-5, in non-conference action at Sonny Pittaro Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Saint Joseph's (13-20) batted around in the top half of the first inning, scoring three times before an out was recorded. Maul, Stafford, and Concannon led off the game with three consecutive walks before Kadar Namey ripped a double to left center to plate a pair. After a walk to Jadacki reloaded the bases, Paul Sparano came on in relief of Anthony Arneth and promptly gave up an RBI single to Giacalone to make it 3-0.
Rider (16-20-1) got a pair back in the bottom half on a pair of unearned runs, but Jadacki threw out Riley Mihalik trying to take third base on a fly ball to end the inning.
The Broncs would eventually tie the score in the third on a single by Lee Lipinski.
Dylan Simcik came on to pitch the fourth for the Broncs and ran into immediate trouble as James McConnon and Maul started things off with singles before Stafford walked to load the bases. Concannon then followed with a free pass of his own to bring home McConnon and give the Hawks a 4-3 lead and chase Simcik from the game.
Giacalone then led off the fifth with a triple and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Brian Markoski to double the lead. Then, with two away, McConnon reached via an error before Maul and Stafford followed with singles to load the bases. Concannon then unloaded them with a bases-clearing double to push the lead to 8-3.
Lipinski then answered with a two-out double in the bottom of the inning to cut the margin to three.
Jadacki led off the sixth with a single before going to third when Giacalone reached on an error and scoring on a balk by Andrew Tumbelty. Three batters later, Maul singled home Giacalone to make it a 10-5 game.
The Hawks would load the bases in the seventh without scoring, but struck twice in the eighth to extend the lead. Maul and Namey singled around a walk to Stafford, loading the bases for Jadacki, who singled home Maul. Giacalone followed with another RBI single of his own to give SJU a seven-run cushion.
McConnon then led off the ninth with his first collegiate home run to set the final margin.
The Hawks return to conference play on Friday when they visit Atlantic 10 leaders VCU. First pitch at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia, is set for 6:30 p.m.