MERION STATION, Pa. – A season-high 16 hits helped power the Saint Joseph’s baseball team past Lafayette, 11-1, at Smithson Field on Tuesday afternoon. Dominic Cuoci, Matt Cuppari, and Matt Maul each had three hits on the day.
Lafayette (3-27) took the lead on the first pitch of the game as Steven Cohen hit his second home run of the year, but the Hawks answered immediately in the home half of the frame. With one out, Deon Stafford, Jr., and Charlie Concannon drew consecutive walks to bring up Cuppari, whose first single of the day loaded the bases for Cal Jadacki.
Jadacki tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Cuoci promptly untied it with his team-leading seventh home run of the season and his fourth in as many games to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead.
Saint Joseph’s (7-14) tacked on two more in the third as Cuppari doubled, Jadacki was hit by a pitch, and Cuoci singled to load the bases for Maul, who ripped a single to left to make it a 6-1 game.
The Hawks broke things open in the sixth. Taylor Boyd led off with a double before Tim Johnson notched his first collegiate hit in style with a long home run to right center to push the lead to 8-1. Later in the inning, Stafford drew his third walk of the day and advanced on a passed ball before Cuppari singled him home. Jadacki then followed with a double into the right field corner to score Cuppari and extend the advantage to 10-1.
SJU capped off the scoring in the seventh as Maul and Byd started the inning with singles before Kadar Namey hit one of his own to score Maul with the game’s final run.
Jordan DiValerio notched his first collegiate victory, allowing one run on two hits in three innings. Brendan Ball took the loss for Lafayette as he went two-plus innings and was charged with six runs on six hits and four walks.
Saint Joseph’s returns to action on Friday afternoon when the Hawks host George Mason for the first of a weekend series. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Smithson Field.