MERION STATION, Pa. – The Saint Joseph’s baseball team fell into an early hole on Friday afternoon, eventually falling to Richmond, 10-2, in the opening game of a weekend series at Smithson Field.  Peter Sitaras led the way for the Hawks at the plate, hitting a double and his third home run of the season.

Richmond (14-22 overall, 5-5 Atlantic 10) got out in front early, scoring four times in the first on four hits and two walks.  The Spiders then added three more on a home run by Daniel Brumbaugh in the second to make it a 7-0 game.

Jordan DiValerio came in from the bullpen and pitched well in relief, retiring 11 of 14 hitters after Brumbaugh’s home run and the final eight batters he faced.

Saint Joseph’s (10-20 overall, 3-7 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the fourth.  After a one-out double by Kadar Namey and a single by Marc Giacalone put runners on the corners, Richmond’s Robbie Baker uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Namey to score and make it a 7-1 game.

The Spiders would expand the lead again in the seventh on a two-run single by Kyle Schmidt.  Sitaras answered with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the frame to make it 9-2, but the Spiders strung together three consecutive hits in the ninth to set the final margin.

Baker earned the win, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in eight innings to improve to 3-4.  Tim Ponto suffered the loss, falling to 0-1.

The teams will meet again on Saturday.  First pitch at Smithson Field is set for 2:00 p.m.

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