PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Brendan Hueth drove in five runs and Kadar Namey recorded three hits as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team notched a 10-8 victory over Notre Dame in the Snowbird Classic at North Charlotte Regional Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Tied at 8-8 in the top of the ninth, Charlie Concannon led off with a walk before James McConnon followed with a single and Dominic Cuoci was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Namey then drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Concannon and give the Hawks the lead. Hueth followed with a sacrifice fly to left that scored McConnon and pushed the edge to 10-8.
In the bottom of the inning, Nick Podkul led off with a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Eric Sigovich retired the next three Fighting Irish hitters to end the ballgame.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead, scoring four times in the top of the second inning. Three consecutive singles by McConnon, Cuoci, and Namey loaded the bases for Hueth, who promptly emptied them with a triple down the right field line. Matt Cuppari then followed with a single to bring home Hueth and extend the margin to 4-0.
Notre Dame (7-7) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth as Alex Kerschner tripled in a run and then came in to score after David LaManna reached on an error.
Saint Joseph’s (5-7) got the runs back in the sixth as Concannon led off with a double, went to third on a groundout, and came in to score on a wild pitch. Cuoci then drew a walk and scored on a double by Namey to make it a 6-2 game.
The Fighting Irish got back within two in the bottom of the frame as Podkul led off with a double and Matt Vierling followed with a home run.
The teams traded runs in the seventh as Matt Maul singled and eventually scored on a passed ball, while Cole Daily hit an RBI double for Notre Dame.
Hueth led off the eighth with a home run to extend the lead to 8-5, but the Irish would tie the affair with three runs in the bottom of the frame. After three singles to start the inning loaded the bases, Daniel Jung drew a walk to force home Vierling
Two batters later, Jared Miller singled home Kerschner to get Notre Dame within a run. Daily followed with a fly ball to left that was misplayed and allowed LaManna to score and tie the game, leaving the bases loaded with one out. Fortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Spencer Myers lined out to Maul, who stepped on the bag at second for an unassisted double play that kept the game tied heading into the ninth.
Sigovich allowed two hits in two shutout innings to earn the win, while Tommy Vail was charged with two runs on one hit and three walks in two innings to take the loss for Notre Dame. Matt Kennedy was solid in his first career start for SJU, allowing two runs, one earned, and four hits; he also walked one and struck out three in five innings of work.
Namey finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored, while Hueth was 2-for-4 wth five RBI and a pair of runs scored. Concannon and McConnon recorded two hits apiece as well, while the Hawk offense generated 12 hits and drew six free passes on the day.
The Hawks will wrap up their stay in Florida on Wednesday morning with another game against Notre Dame. First pitch in Port Charlotte is set for 10:00 a.m.