PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Senior Jordan Carter tossed his first career shutout as the Saint Joseph's baseball team stomped Georgetown, 15-0, at North Charlotte Regional Park on Saturday. Carter allowed just five hits and struck out four in the gem.
Saint Joseph’s (7-5) also benefitted from multi-hit games by Brian O'Keefe and Stefan Kancylarz, as well as a four-RBI game from Ryan Pater. Kevin Kratochwill scored four runs in the game as well – one of four Hawks to cross the plate multiple times – while every player in the starting lineup reached base.
The Hawks tallied a pair of runs in the first to take the lead right out of the gate. O’Keefe hit a one-out infield single and advanced to second on a single by Collin Forgey. Kancylarz followed with a single that score O’Keefe and advanced Forgey to third before Tommy Cunningham’s sacrifice fly scored Forgey and made it a 2-0 game.
SJU extended the lead in the second. Kratochwill led off with a single and advanced to third after Taylor Boyd reached on an error. Pater followed with a fielder’s choice groundout that allowed Kratochwill to score and push the advantage to three. Two batters later, O’Keefe tripled home Pater, and then came in himself on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Kratochwill was hit by a pitch and reached third on a pair of wild pitches before Chris Hueth singled him home to make it 6-0.
Saint Joseph’s blew things open in the fifth before putting the game out of reach in the sixth. Kancylarz led off the fifth with a walk and scored on a double by Cunningham. After a wild pitch, Mike Muha’s sacrifice fly scored Cunningham and extended the margin to eight. Kratochwill was then hit for a second time and would eventually score on a sac fly by Hueth.
In the sixth, Boyd reached via an error for the second time, scoring Forgey to make it a 10-0 lead. Then, with the bases loaded, Pater tripled into the right field corner to push the lead to 13-0. Pater then scored on a wild pitch to cap off the five-run frame.
Muha added another sacrifice fly in the seventh to bring home Cal Jadacki, who had led off the inning with a single, to close out the scoring.
Georgetown (6-9) did not move a runner past second base as Carter kept the Hoyas off balance all day. The senior scattered five hits and did not allow more than one base runner in any inning and retired the final five batters of the game. He fanned four on the day and did not allow a walk.
Carter improved to 3-1 on the season and dropped his earned run average to 2.84. Will Brown allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits across four innings to fall to 0-3 for the Hoyas.
Saint Joseph’s wraps up its Spring Break trip on Sunday morning against Iowa. First pitch between the Hawks and Hawkeyes is set for 10:00 a.m.