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Tommy Cunningham belted his third home run of the year on Friday
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Baseball Hammers George Washington, 13-1
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  03/21/2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – Freshman Braedon Lawson tossed his first career complete game, and the Hawks scored in double-digits for the third time in four games as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team routed George Washington, 13-1, at Barcroft Park.  The game was the Atlantic 10 opener for both squads.

It marks the sixth consecutive season in which the Hawks have won their conference opener as they have achieved the feat in each season of head coach Fritz Hamburg’s tenure on Hawk Hill.

Saint Joseph’s (9-6 overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10) broke out early, taking a 3-0 lead before the Colonials even came to the plate.  Chris Hueth led off the game and reached via an error.  He then advanced to second on a single by Brian O'Keefe before a passed ball and a walk to Collin Forgey loaded the bases with nobody out.  Stefan Kancylarz then reached on catcher’s interference, allowing Hueth to score the game’s first run.

Tommy Cunningham followed with a single to plate O’Keefe before Mike Muha’s groundout scored Forgey with the inning’s third run.

In the third, O’Keefe led off with a walk before Forgey singled; O’Keefe took third and Forgey advanced on the throw to leave runners at second and third for Kancylarz, whose single to right scored both runs and extended the lead to 5-1.

George Washington (6-12 overall, 0-1 Atlantic 10) scored its only run of the day when Ryan Xepoleas was hit by a pitch and eventually came in to score on a double play ball by Colin Gibbons-Fly in the fourth.

The Hawks got the run right back, and then some, in the fifth, as Kancylarz ripped an RBI double before Cunningham launched his third home run of the season to make in an 8-1 margin.

O’Keefe added an RBI groundout in the eighth to extend the lead to eight.  In the ninth, Kancylarz led off with a walk, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Muha.  After Kevin Kratochwill and Ryan Pater drew walks to load the bases, Hueth tripled to right center to set the final margin.

Lawson (1-1) earned his first career victory, allowing just the one run on only four hits.  He walked three and struck out three as well.  Jacob Williams took the loss for GW, allowing eight runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in five innings.

Every hitter in the starting lineup scored a run in the game, while Forgey led the way with three runs scored.  Kancylarz finished with three hits and three runs batted in, while Hueth and Cunningham added three RBI of their own.

The teams will play the second game of the weekend set on Saturday.  First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m at Barcroft Park.

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