RICHMOND, Va. – A pair of late-game rallies came up just short as the Saint Joseph's baseball team fell to VCU, 5-4, at The Diamond on Sunday afternoon.
VCU (27-16 overall, 15-3 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on a pair of singles and an error before Brett Willett was hit by a pitch to score Steven Carpenter with the game's first run.
The Rams added two more in the second on consecutive singles by Darian Carpenter and Paul Witt.
Both teams put base runners on in the middle innings, but the Rams ended a Hawk threat with a double play in the top of the fourth, and the Hawks returned the favor with a twin killing in the bottom half of the inning.
Taylor Boyd got Saint Joseph's (14-22 overall, 6-9 Atlantic 10) on the board in the seventh inning with a solo home run. A single by Matt Maul and a walk to Deon Stafford, Jr., chased starter Michael Dailey from the game. Charlie Concannon then greeted Benjamin Dum with a double down the right field line that scored Maul and cut the deficit to 3-2.
VCU took the momentum right back in the bottom of the inning, as Steven and Darian Carpenter led off with singles before a throwing error on an attempted sacrifice bunt brought home a run and put runners on second and third with nobody out. Zach DeVincenzo was able to navigate his way through the trouble, however, with a strikeout, a pop up, and a groundout to keep the deficit at two.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Dylan Isquirdo led off the eighth with a single and eventually came in to score on a passed ball to push the margin to 5-2.
Boyd and Maul then led off the ninth inning with singles off of Sam Donko, and two batters later, Concannon singled to score Boyd and put runners on the corners. Dominic Cuoci then fouled off a number of pitches before beating out a grounder to third, allowing Maul to score and getting the Hawks back within a run, but Donko notched a strikeout and a fly out to end the game.
Dailey earned the win, moving to 5-2 after allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks in six and a third innings. Tim Brennan allowed three runs – one earned – on eight hits and a walk in six innings to fall to 2-4. Donko allowed two runs on four hits in two innings, but earned his 12th save of the season.
The Hawks return to Smithson Field for the first of a seven-game homestand on Tuesday. First pitch between Saint Joseph's and Delaware is set for 3:00 p.m.