The Saint Joseph's baseball team will wrap up its eight-game stay in Florida this weekend with a game against Seton Hall and a pair with Harvard. All three games this weekend will be played at Field 10 of the North Charlotte Regional Complex in Port Charlotte.
North Charlotte Regional Parks
1185 O'Donnell Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL
Friday, March 15: vs. Seton Hall, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 16: vs. Harvard, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17: vs. Harvard, 10:00 a.m.
ON THE DIAMOND
SAINT JOSEPH'S (4-9)
• The Hawks had a tough weekend in Port Charlotte, falling to Kansas, Ball State, and Georgetown, but SJU bounced back for a pair of wins midweek. The Hawks took a 3-0 lead midway through Tuesday's game with Bucknell as sophomore Matt Kennedy tossed shutout ball into the seventh, and held on for a 3-2 win to snap a six-game losing streak. A day later, the bats got the job done, racking up 17 hits en route to an 8-2 win over Central Connecticut. Three Hawks notched three hits apiece, while freshman Luke Zimmerman was strong over six innings, earning the win in his first collegiate start.
• For his efforts against Kansas, junior Jordan DiValerio earned Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors. He fanned nine against just one walk, while allowing one run on three hits in five innings.
• Junior James McConnon remains the Hawks' leading hitter, posting a .377 average over the season's first 13 games. He also leads the squad with a .459 on-base percentage and 11 runs batted in. Freshman Andrew Cossetti is second on the team with 10 RBI, and his two home runs are a team best, while graduate student Dominic Cuoci has hit four doubles to pace the lineup.
• Sophomore Brendan Hueth has hit safely in 12 out of 13 games this season and checks in with a .328 average. His team-high 15 runs scored and eight stolen bases rank fifth and third in the Atlantic 10, respectively. Freshman Nate Thomas, meanwhile, has hit .360 in the early-going and has reached base safely in all but one game.
• Sophomore Cole Stetzar has posted a 1.84 earned run average over three starts. Senior Jake Meyers has struck out 14 batters against just three walks in 15 innings of work, while DiValerio's 18 strikeouts lead the team and his 13.1 K/9 ratio is third-best in the Atlantic 10.
SETON HALL (2-10)
• The Pirates also topped Bucknell on Tuesday, routing the Bison, 12-1, before falling to Kansas, 7-4, on Wednesday.
• Jerry Huntzinger leads Seton Hall with a .303 batting average and a .342 on-base mark. Matt Toke leads the team with two home runs, while Alex Clyde's seven RBI are a team high.
• Noah Thompson has made three starts for the Pirates, posting a 1-1 record and a 3.86 ERA while fanning a team-high 19 hitters in 16.1 innings. Corey Sawyer leads the pitching staff in appearances with seven, all in relief, and has notched the Hall's only save of the season.
• Friday's starter, Ricky DeVito, has tossed four innings on the season with a 2.25 ERA.
• The Crimson fell at Radford, 13-7, on Sunday. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak; after dropping the first two games of the season at Wofford, Harvard took two from the Terriers before winning the first three of the weekend set against the Highlanders.
• Patrick McColl is off to a blistering start, leading the Harvard offense with a .485 batting average, nine runs scored, four home runs, and a .970 slugging percentage. His nine RBI rank second on the team behind Jake Suddleson's 10.
• The Hawks will face right-handers Buddy Hayward and Kevin Stone; the pair have identical 1-1 records while posting ERAs of 5.73 and 6.30, respectively. Hunter Bigge is the Crimson's leader with 14 strikeouts, while Kieran Shaw has saved the game in all three of his appearances, striking out five and allowing just a single hit over 3.1 innings.