MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule on Tuesday afternoon, falling to visiting William & Mary, 9-8, at Smithson Field.

SJU’s Jake Meyers and the Tribe’s Jacob Haney got off to strong starts on the mound, as Meyers allowed just three hits over three and a third shutout innings, while Haney did not allow a baserunner until Chris Skermo reached on an error in the fourth.

Andrew Cossetti then followed with a walk before Dominic Cuoci singled to right, scoring Skermo and leaving runners on the corners with one out.  Nate Thomas stepped in and hit the first pitch he saw over the bullpens in right field to extend the Hawk lead to 4-0.

William & Mary (29-19) got one back in the sixth as Hunter Smith walked, moved to third on a double by Jason Waldman, and scored on a wild pitch.  The visitors added one more in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Zach Pearson.

Things turned in the top half of the eighth, as the Tribe sent 10 batters to the plate and tallied six runs in the inning on four hits, a walk, a hit batsman, and an error.

Saint Joseph’s (18-28) pushed a run across in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Cossetti, but William & Mary answered in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk by Matt McDermott to make it a 9-5 game.

The Hawks nearly came all the way back in the bottom of the ninth.  Nate Thomas led off with a walk before Kadar Namey singled; Liam Bendo followed with a two-run double to close the gap to 9-7.  A single by Brian Vance left runners on the corners with nobody out for Jake Artz, who hit into a fielder’s choice that brought home a run and got the Hawks back within one.

Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Chris Farrell notched a pair of strikeouts for the Tribe to hang on to the victory.

Justin Pearson notched the win and improved to 2-1 for the Tribe, while Luke Zimmerman took the loss and fell to 2-2 on the season.

The Hawks will wrap up the regular season this week with a three-game set at Massachusetts.  First pitch in the series opener is set for 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.