BRONX, N.Y. – Daniel Thorpe fanned 10 in seven strong innings and each hitter in the Hawk lineup notched at least one hit as the Saint Joseph's baseball team routed Fordham, 13-1, at Houlihan Park on Friday night.
Thorpe improved to a league-best 6-0 on the year, allowing one run on four hits and walking four to go with his 10 punchouts. The win marks his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season.
At the plate, Tommy Cunningham, Collin Forgey, and Kevin Kratochwill notched three hits apiece, while Cunningham and Chris Hueth drove in three runs each. Brian O'Keefe homered, scored three runs, and drew three walks in the game.
Saint Joseph’s (17-9 overall, 6-3 Atlantic 10) took the lead before the Rams were able to record an out in the top of the first. Hueth and O’Keefe led off the game with walks before Forgey laid down a bunt single; a throwing error by Fordham starter Joseph Serrapica allowed Hueth to score and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Cunningham followed with a single to score O’Keefe and double the lead before Kratochwill hit a sacrifice fly three batters later.
Fordham (13-18 overall, 4-6 Atlantic 10) scored its lone run in the bottom of the second on a balk.
The Hawks got the run back right away and Stefan Kancylarz hit a one-out triple and came in to score on a double by Kratochwill in the third. O’Keefe then hit his team-leading fifth home run in the fourth to extend the lead to 5-1.
O’Keefe and Forgey then led off the sixth with walks before Cunningham singled to score O’Keefe and push the advantage to five.
In the seventh, Kratochwill led off with a double and advanced on a sacrifice before Ryan Pater walked to put runners on the corners with one out. Hueth followed with a triple and came in to score on a throwing error on the play to make it a 9-1 game.
SJU finished things off with a four-spot in the ninth. Kratochwill walked before Taylor Boyd and Pater hit consecutive singles to load the bases with nobody out. Hueth and O’Keefe followed with a pair of RBI groundouts to up the margin to 11-1 before a Forgey triple and another Cunningham single set the final margin.
The teams will play the second game of the weekend set on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. at Houlihan Park.