The Saint Joseph's baseball team heads south this weekend for its first road series of the conference slate as the Hawks will visit George Washington. The teams will meet in a three-game series set to begin on Friday in Arlington, Virginia.
ON THE DIAMOND
SAINT JOSEPH'S (10-11 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10)
• The Hawks saw their five-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Liberty Bell Classic as they fell to Lafayette, 3-1, at Smithson Field. Matt Cuppari tripled and scored on a Liam Bendo groundout to provide the Hawks' offense on the day.
• Prior to Tuesday's game, the Hawks had won eight of their last nine, including a three-game sweep of George Mason last weekend. The Hawks reached double digits in each game and outscored the Patriots 43-17 for the weekend; it marked the first time SJU scored 10+ runs in three consecutive games since March 17-19 of 2006.
• Dominic Cuoci hit .500 over the Hawks' five games last week, scoring eight times and driving in eight runs en route to Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week honors. Andrew Cossetti had a strong week as well, hitting .421 with six runs and six RBI to earn Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week accolades for the second time.
• Cuoci's .351 average on the season ranks second on the squad behind Nate Thomas' .354 mark. Cossetti's three home runs pace the Hawks, while Thomas, Cuoci, and Kadar Namey have hit two apiece. Cuoci is the Hawks' RBI leader with 19 on the year, with Cossetti notching 18 and James McConnon checking in with 15.
• The Hawks have received solid pitching performances of late, with Jordan DiValerio stringing together three consecutive strong Friday afternoon starts. Matt Kennedy leads the Hawks with three victories thus far, while Ryan Devine has notched three saves and Luke Zimmerman has added two more. DiValerio and Hayden Seig have each struck out 26 batters to lead the pitching staff.
GEORGE WASHINGTON (14-10 overall, 1-2 Atlantic 10)
• The Colonials dropped a barnburner on Tuesday, falling to UMBC, 14-12. GW totaled a season-high 19 hits and four home runs, but a pair of runs in the eighth inning led the Terriers to victory.
• Last weekend, George Washington opened conference play by hosting Rhode Island; the Colonials took one out of three in the series. After URI claimed a 19-1 win in the series opener, GW held on for a 4-3 win before the Rams took the rubber game, 6-1, on Sunday.
• Dom D'Alessandro, who hit two home runs in Tuesday's slugfest, leads the Colonials with a .421 average and four home runs on the season. Nate Fassnacht leads the nation with 15 doubles, and paces GW with 32 runs scored and a .537 on-base percentage as well. Tyler Hix has recorded a team-leading 29 RBI, while D'Alessandro's 28 rank just behind.
• Jaret Edwards leads the Colonials with a 4-1 record, while Keagan McGinnis has notched four saves. McGinnis and Andrew Wheeler have appeared in a team-high 12 games, while Pat Knight has appeared in 11 and fanned a team-leading 22 batters.