The Saint Joseph's baseball team wraps up its regular season slate this week with a three-game series at Massachusetts beginning on Thursday. The Hawks currently sit on the outside looking in in regards to a postseason berth; SJU is in eighth place in the Atlantic 10 standings, two games behind seventh-place Saint Louis for final spot in the Championship.
UPDATE (2:30 p.m., 5/17/19): Friday's game has been postponed. There is now a doubleheader set for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Thursday: RHP Jordan DiValerio (SJU) vs. RHP Justin Lasko (UMass)
Friday: TBD (SJU) vs. RHP Sean Harney (UMass)
Saturday: TBD (SJU) vs. TBD (UMass)
ON THE DIAMOND
SAINT JOSEPH'S (18-28 overall, 10-11 Atlantic 10)
• The Hawks have dropped five in a row after falling to VCU three times over the weekend and going down to William & Mary, 9-8, on Tuesday. The Hawks had a 4-0 lead in the fourth, but the Tribe climbed back into the game before a six-run eighth turned the tables. SJU rallied for three runs in the ninth, but the tying run was stranded by W&M's Chris Farrell to end the ballgame.
• The SJU offense is led by Brendan Hueth and James McConnon's identical .309 batting averages. Hueth is the Hawks' leader with 39 runs scored, and his 23 stolen bases rank among the league leaders; McConnon, meanwhile, paces the team with a .418 on-base percentage.
• Andrew Cossetti leads the Hawks with seven home runs on the season and 39 runs batted in; Dominic Cuoci, Kadar Namey, and Nate Thomas have each hit four longballs as well, while Cuoci's 34 RBI are good for second on the team. Thomas has drawn 32 walks to lead the squad and tie him for 10th in the league.
• Jordan DiValerio leads the Hawk pitching staff with four wins and 63 strikeouts on the season. Cole Stetzar paces the squad with a 3.04 earned run average, while he and Ryan Devine have each appeared in a team-high 20 games. Devine has notched four saves on the year, while Stetzar and Luke Zimmerman have earned two apiece.
MASSACHUSETTS (18-24 overall, 8-11 Atlantic 10)
• The Minutemen came back from an early 3-0 deficit on Tuesday to beat Fairfield, 6-3. Over the weekend, UMass dropped a pair to Rhode Island before the final game of the weekend series was rained out. It was the second weekend in a row that the Minutemen played an abbreviated series; their set with Davidson was reduced to two games due to weather, and the teams split the pair.
• Collin Shapiro's .303 average leads UMass heading into the weekend, while Anthony Videtto sits right behind him at .301. Videtto and Eddy Hart are the only Minutemen to have appeared in all 42 games on the season; Videtto also leads the team in slugging with a .431 mark.
• Logan Greene's four home runs are a team-high, while Videtto's 29 RBI and Shapiro's 10 stolen bases are also team-leading marks.
• Righthanded starters Sean Harney and Justin Lasko have been solid on the mound for UMass, checking in with three wins apiece and ERAs of 3.06 and 3.91, respectively. Casey Aubin has closed out five games for the Minutemen, posting a sparkling 0.81 ERA along with 25 strikeouts and just five walks in 22.1 innings of work at the back end of the bullpen.