PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team notched a win and a loss on Sunday in the Snowbird Classic at South County Regional Park. The Hawks came from behind to earn a 4-3 triumph over Georgetown in the resumption of Saturday’s suspended game before falling to the Hoyas, 4-1, in the teams’ regularly-scheduled matchup.
Entering the day down by a run, the Hawks used the long ball to come from behind and secure a 4-3 victory in the conclusion of Saturday’s suspended game.
Play picked up in the bottom of the fifth, and the Hoyas wasted no time putting their first two runners on base. However, Brian Edgington recorded a flyout and a pair of strikeouts to keep the deficit at a single run.
Georgetown (2-12) would then put two on in the sixth as well, but a groundout and two more strikeouts again held the game at 3-2, where it would remain until the top of the eighth.
With one away, Charlie Concannon drew a walk before moving to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Dominic Cuoci hit his first home run of the season to center field to put the Hawks on top, 4-3.
Edgington earned the win, allowing four hits in three and a third innings of shutout relief, while Jimmy Swad was tagged with the loss for GU. Kelly notched his first save of the season and the ninth of his career, moving him into fifth place on the program’s all-time saves list.
In Sunday’s previously scheduled matinee, Georgetown picked up an early lead and while the Hawks had chances, the Hoyas ultimately came away with a 4-1 victory to split the impromptu twinbill.
The Hoyas struck first, plating a pair in the top of the third. Michael DeRenzi led off the inning with a double and came in to score two batters later on a double by Freddy Achecar III. Three batters after that, Ryan Davis singled home Achecar to make it a 2-0 lead.
Saint Joseph’s (4-7) got on the board in the home half of the fifth. Matt Maul led off with a single before stealing second base. With two outs, Brian Vance beat out an infield single to score Maul and cut the deficit in half.
Georgetown got the run back in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Sammy Stevens and then extended the lead to 4-1 in the top of the ninth on a wild pitch.
The Hawks would bring the tying run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Swad was able to induce a fielder’s choice and a lineout to end the ballgame.
Justin Aungst turned in another solid outing on the mound for SJU, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits; he struck out six against one walk in seven innings. Brent Killam earned the win for the Hoyas, allowing one run on five hits, fanning five and walking none in six innings. Swad picked up his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
The Hawks will play two more games in the Snowbird Classic, both against Notre Dame. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 3:00 p.m., and Wednesday’s finale will begin at 10:00 a.m.