PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Five runs across the fifth and sixth innings doomed the Saint Joseph’s baseball team on Sunday as the Hawks fell to Georgetown, 8-4, at North Charlotte Regional Park.
Georgetown (3-12) took the lead in the bottom of the first, stringing together three consecutive two-out singles, but the Hawks answered in the second after Dominic Cuoci led off with a single and scored on a hit by Andrew Cossetti.
Saint Joseph’s (2-9) went ahead in the third after James McConnon was hit by a pitch, advanced on a groundout and a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Cuoci.
The Hoyas tied the game in the fourth on a single by Tony Barreca, but the Hawks answered in the top of the fifth when McConnon singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cossetti.
Georgetown then sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth and seven in the sixth to turn the game around. The Hoyas rapped out five hits in the fifth, scoring three times on a pair of RBI singles and a groundout to take a 5-3 lead.
In the sixth, Charlie Concannon led off the frame for the Hawks with a triple and came in to score on a single by McConnon to make it a one-run game, but Ryan M. Davis hit a two-run home run in the bottom half to make it a 7-4 game.
The Hoyas then added a tally in the eighth to set the final margin.
Nick Morreale earned the win for Georgetown, allowing four runs on eight hits in five innings. Jacob Grzebinski tossed four innings of shutout relief to earn his first save of the season. Jake Meyers was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs while striking out five without issuing a walk in 4.1 innings.
The Hawks are idle on Monday, but return to the diamond in Port Charlotte on Tuesday when they take on Bucknell. SJU will then meet Central Connecticut on Wednesday in Punta Gorda, Fla.