The Saint Joseph's baseball team is headed to Dayton this weekend to start the second half of the Atlantic 10 schedule. The Hawks are currently tied for fifth in the standings, while Dayton sits in a three-way tie for second place.
The three-game series is set to begin on Friday afternoon at DP&L Stadium.
ON THE DIAMOND
SAINT JOSEPH'S (15-20 overall, 7-5 Atlantic 10)
• The Hawks have won three of their last four; last time out, a six-run second inning sparked a 13-7 win over Rider at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey. Three Hawks notched at least three hits apiece, led by freshman Andrew Cossetti's 4-for-5, three-RBI night.
• Last weekend, the Hawks took two out of three from local rival La Salle. After a 20-7 rout on Thursday and a 7-1 defeat on Friday, the Hawks trailed the Explorers, 5-2, entering the bottom of the ninth in Saturday's rubber game. Three consecutive walks led to a sacrifice fly by Brendan Hueth to cut the deficit to two, and after a walk to James McConnon re-loaded the bases, Cossetti ripped a two-out single to left to tie the game. In the bottom of the 10th inning, a Jake Artz sacrifice fly brought home Dominic Cuoci and sent the Hawks into the Easter holiday with a series victory.
• McConnon is the Hawks' leading hitter this season, checking in with a .323 average in 32 games. Hueth (.319), Liam Bendo (.306), and Cossetti (.300) follow behind as the four Hawks hitting at least .300 on the season. Cossetti is also the Hawks' leader in home runs and runs batted in, with seven and 34, respectively. Hueth leads the team with 31 runs scored and 18 stolen bases, while Nate Thomas has drawn a team-leading 26 walks.
• Jordan DiValerio has been strong on the mound since the calendar turned to March, sporting a 3.28 earned run average in his last six starts and tossing at least seven innings in four of his last five.
• DiValerio's four wins are tops on the staff, while Ryan Devine has notched four saves in a team-high 17 appearances and also earned his second win after tossing four shutout innings in a spot start on Tuesday night.
DAYTON (22-19-1 overall, 10-5 Atlantic 10)
• The Flyers dropped a pair of midweek games to Toledo and Wright State to start their five-game homestand after taking two of three at George Mason last weekend. Dayton has also won league series against Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, and Massachusetts, while dropping two of three to Richmond.
• The UD lineup is paced by Benjamin Blackwell and his .315 average. Eddie Pursinger has provided a power boost for Dayton with six home runs, while Riley Tirotta leads the team with 31 RBI. The Flyers certainly live up to their name on the basepaths, having stolen 92 bases, good for second in the conference; four different Flyers have swiped double-digit bags this season, led by Mitchell Garrity with 16.
• Hunter Wolfe fronts the starting rotation, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.77 ERA and a team-high 63 strikeouts in 62.0 innings. In the bullpen, seven different pitchers have notched at least one save for the Flyers, while Corey Imbriano, Tyler Jones, and Justin Longbrake have all made a staff-leading 15 appearances.