MERION STATION, Pa. – All nine batters in the starting lineup reached base and the Hawks scored in all but two innings on Friday as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team pounded St. Bonaventure, 16-3, on a rainy day at Smithson Field. Ryan Pater hit his first collegiate home run in the win, while Tommy Cunningham and Brian O'Keefe hit longballs as well for SJU.
Saint Joseph’s (11-7 overall, 3-1 Atlantic 10) jumped on the board early with a four-spot in the first. Chris Hueth led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a single by O’Keefe. After a sacrifice fly from Collin Forgey scored Hueth, Stefan Kancylarz drew a walk to put two on for Cunningham. The senior responded with his fourth home run of the season, a high blast down the left field line, to make it a 4-0 game.
Joel Rosencrance answered for St. Bonaventure (4-14 overall, 0-4 Atlantic 10) in the third, launching a pitch over the fence in left to cut the Hawk lead in half.
O’Keefe then led off the bottom of the frame with his fourth home run of the season to put the Hawks ahead 5-2. SBU’s Brian Weightman got the run back in the fourth with a lead-off home run of his own to get the Bonnies back within two at 5-3.
It was all Saint Joseph’s from there as Taylor Boyd singled with two outs in the fourth before Pater hit a rocket over the fence in right for his first career home run. A pair of SBU errors allowed the Hawks to tack on two more and extend the lead to 9-3.
The Hawks added two more in the fifth and sixth and three more in the seventh to break the game open. Kevin Kratochwill hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth before Boyd’s RBI groundout extended the lead to eight.
Hueth led off the sixth with a walk and came around to score on a trio of wild pitches by SBU’s Aaron Ballmer. Cunningham later added his fourth RBI of the day, singling home Forgey to push the lead to 13-3.
SJU closed out the scoring in the seventh on RBI singles from Hueth and O’Keefe and a fielder’s choice by Forgey.
Jordan Carter got the win for the Hawks, allowing three runs on eight hits in five innings. He fanned four without walking a batter to improve to 4-2 on the year. Asa Johnson took the loss for St. Bonaventure, allowing 12 runs, 10 earned, on eight hits and four walks. He fell to 1-3.
O’Keefe finished the day with three hits, three runs scored, and two driven in, while Cunningham’s two hits yielded a pair of runs scored and four RBI as part of a balanced offensive effort. Hueth tallied four runs scored while Boyd crossed the plate twice and Forgey added two RBI of his own.The teams will look to continue the series on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Check SJUHawks.com for updates, as weather conditions may require a shift in game times on both Saturday and Sunday.