PORTLAND, Ore. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team opened its 2018 campaign on Friday, falling to Portland, 8-0, on a snowy afternoon at Joe Etzel Field.

“It was a tough day today, regardless of the weather,” head coach Fritz Hamburg said.  “Credit to Portland; they capitalized on their opportunities, which is evident when they only stranded three runners on the afternoon.”

Saint Joseph’s (0-1) had an opportunity to get on the board in the top half of the third, as Marc Giacalone's two-out single put runners on the corners, but Portland's Corbin Powers was able to induce a groundout to keep the game scoreless.

Portland (1-3) took the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Dutton Elske hit a solo home run to left for the game’s first run.  The Pilots would plate three more in the frame on a single by Ryan Kim and a two-run home run by Daniel Lopez to push the margin to 4-0.

Kim would hit a two-run home run of his own in the fourth before a solo shot by Cody Hawken and a groundout by Collin Runge pushed the Portland lead to 8-0 after five.  The teams would combine for just one hit from that point forward, that coming off the bat of Matt Maul.

Powers ended his day with 7.2 shutout innings, allowing four hits and five walks to go with eight strikeouts to improve to 1-1.  Hayden Seig started for SJU and took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings.

“Hayden was competitive and threw the ball as well as we’ve seen him throw,” Hamburg said.  “Unfortunately, he made a couple mistakes and they cashed in.  However, I definitely think he’s got good things ahead.”

Freshman pitchers Jose Martinez, Ryan Devine, and Jackson Fiala combined to retire the final 12 Portland hitters of the day, with Devine and Fiala combining for three perfect innings to finish off the game.

“I was pleased to see Ryan and Jack compete the way they did,” Hamburg said.  “Powers did a good job changing speeds and locating his pitches.  He did what any starter plans out as far as an outing goes and kept us from really generating much offensively.

“I know it wasn’t the start we were looking for, but we are definitely looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

The teams are slated for a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

HAWKS IN FLORIDA WEEKEND -  MARCH 9-11
Don't forget, for those looking to get away from the cold, we are hosting our inaugural Hawks in Florida Weekend from March 9-11 in Port Charlotte. Come down and cheer on our team on the Gulf Coast as we play Florida International, Western Michigan, and Georgetown. We'll be hosting a Happy Hour on Friday and dinner with the team at the ballpark on Saturday night. For more details and to RSVP, visit alumni.sju.edu/hawksgotoflorida.

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