MERION STATION, Pa. – Down two runs with two outs in the 10th inning, the Saint Joseph's baseball team rallied to tie the game before ultimately topping Delaware, 7-6, in 11 innings at Smithson Field on Tuesday afternoon.
With two down in the 10th and the Blue Hens leading, 6-4, James McConnon hit a ground ball off the leg of Delaware pitcher Burk FitzPatrick that bounded toward second baseman Jeremy Ake. McConnon then beat Ake's throw to bring up Peter Sitaras, who had entered the game as a defensive sub in the ninth. Sitaras sent a rocket over the fence in right field to tie the game at six and send it into the 11th.
After Eric Sigovich worked around a two-out single, Cal Jadacki led off the ninth with a single off of Cole Benjamin. Taylor Boyd then hit a ground ball up the middle that UD shortstop James Meeker booted, putting two with nobody out. Two batters later, Dominic Cuoci was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Kadar Namey was sent to the plate to pinch hit for McConnon. He lofted the first pitch he saw to right field, and Jadacki tagged up and beat the throw to give the Hawks the win.
Sigovich improved to 2-1 after a scoreless inning, while Benjamin took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Saint Joseph's (15-22) took the early lead in the bottom of the second as Cuoci and McConnon hit consecutive ground-rule doubles to start the inning.
Delaware (24-18) went ahead in the fourth as Ake and Nick Patten singled before Calvin Scott hit a two-out home run to make it a 3-1 game.
The Blue Hens added one in the fifth as Tyler Callender led off with a triple and came in on a double by Meeker.
That's where it would stay until the top of the 10th, when Andrew Reich led off with a pinch single. Ake sacrificed him to second before Cuoci fanned Doug Trimble for the second out. Patten then singled him home to give Delaware a 5-4 lead before advancing to second on a wild pitch and scoring on a single by Scott.
Tuesday's game wrapped up the non-conference schedule for the Hawks. Saint Joseph's hosts La Salle at Smithson Field this weekend; first pitch in Friday's series opener is set for 3:00 p.m.