NORFOLK, Va. – The Hawk bullpen allowed just one hit in four innings as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team came from behind to beat St. John’s, 4-3, for its first victory of the season at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex on Saturday afternoon. Joe Manion earned his first win in a Hawk uniform while Tommy Cunningham drove in two runs in the game.
Saint Joseph’s (1-1) jumped out to an early lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Chris Hueth led off the game with a four-pitch walk and advanced to second on a single by Brian O’Keefe. Hueth then went to third on a flyout by Collin Forgey before Stefan Kancylarz walked to load the bases. Cunningham followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Hueth and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
St. John’s (1-4) answered in the second as consecutive two-out singles from Ty Blankmeyer and Robert Wayman put the Red Storm ahead, 2-1. St. John’s tacked on a two-out unearned run in the third to extend the lead to 3-1.
The Hawks cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth. After back-to-back walks by Forgey and Kancylarz, Cunningham’s one-out single scored Forgey and made it a 3-2 game.
In the sixth, the Hawks put runners on first and second with one out for O’Keefe, who singled home Taylor Boyd to tie the game. On the play, a throwing error allowed Hueth to come in to score as well and put Saint Joseph’s on top by a run.
The Red Storm threatened in the ninth putting runners on first and second with one out, but Steven Schuler induced a pair of fielder’s choice groundouts to earn his first save of the season.
Manion earned the win with two innings of one-hit relief. Schuler earned the save, while Chris Kalica took the loss for St. John’s, allowing two runs in one inning of relief.
Cunningham finished with a pair of RBI while O’Keefe and Spencer Judge tallied two hits apiece. Hueth also scored twice on the day for Saint Joseph’s.
The Hawks will close out the weekend on Sunday when they take on the host Old Dominion Monarchs at 3:00 p.m.