BRONX, N.Y. – For the fourth time in 13 days, Collin Forgey found himself in a position to make a difference late in a game. And for the fourth time in 13 days, Forgey came through, as his two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning gave the Saint Joseph’s baseball team a 4-3 win and a series sweep over Fordham. The win is the fourth in a row for the Hawks.
Trailing 3-2 after eight, pinch hitter Cody Silverman led off the ninth with a single before being replaced by pinch runner Nate Shank. Two batters later, Chris Hueth drew a one-out walk to put runners on first and second for Brian O'Keefe. O’Keefe’s groundout to short moved the runners up a base for Forgey, who ripped a double to right to score Shank and Hueth and give the Hawks a 4-3 lead.
Steven Schuler allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth but worked around it for his fourth win of the season.
Saint Joseph’s (19-9 overall, 8-3 Atlantic 10) went ahead in the first as Hueth was hit by a pitch to start off the game and advanced to second on a single by O’Keefe. After a double play ball moved Hueth to third, a Tommy Cunningham single to right field plated Hueth with the game’s first run.
Fordham (13-20 overall, 4-8 Atlantic 10) tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Charles Galiano. The Rams would take a 2-1 lead on a third-inning sacrifice fly by Rob McCunney, and extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth on a two-out double by Joseph Runco.
The Hawks got one back in the seventh as Hueth reached on an error and scored on a ground-rule double by O’Keefe. Two batters later, Cunningham laced another single, but right fielder Tim O’Connor’s throw was on target to retire O’Keefe at the plate.
The ninth-inning rally gave Saint Joseph’s its fourth consecutive win and improved Schuler to 4-0 on the year. Tyler Pallante started the game and went a career-high four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out five Rams to match his career-best. Lansing Veeder and Schuler combined for four and a third shutout innings, allowing just a pair of baserunners as the Hawks mounted the comeback.
Tim Swatek pitched well for Fordham, allowing just one run on seven hits in six innings. J.C. Porter took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk in three innings to fall to 2-4.
Forgey’s late-game heroics have now helped the Hawks to four wins in the past two weeks. On April 1, he doubled in the 10th inning and scored the go-ahead run as the Hawks beat Villanova, 8-6, in the Liberty Bell Classic quarterfinals. The next day, his two-run single in the bottom of the eighth gave the Hawks their first lead of the day en route to a 9-6 win. Then, in a Liberty Bell Classic semifinal at Penn on April 8, his two-run home run in the top of the 13th pushed the Hawks past the Quakers, 4-2, and into the Liberty Bell championship game.
Cunningham and O’Keefe each finished the day 3-for-5 with a run batted in; the pair combined for a .517 average, six runs scored, and right RBI in the series. Forgey hit .400 with four runs scored and eight driven in over the weekend, while Kratochwill hit .600 and Hueth scored eight runs to go with six RBI.
As a team, Saint Joseph’s scored 34 runs in three games in the Bronx and pounded out 47 hits. The Hawk pitching staff, meanwhile, posted a sparkling 1.33 earned run average and a 0.85 WHIP in the series.
The Hawks will head to Villanova on Tuesday before hosting Dayton in conference play this Thursday through Saturday. First pitch against the Wildcats is set for 3:15 p.m.