The Saint Joseph's baseball team is off to the Sunshine State to take part in the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. Over the course of six days, the Hawks will play six games against Florida International, Western Michigan, Georgetown, and Notre Dame.
SJU will host the "Hawks in Florida Weekend" in conjunction with four games to be played from March 9-11. On Friday evening, March 9, there will be a Happy Hour held at 8:00 p.m., while Saturday features "Dinner with the Team," a barbecue at the ballpark following the afternoon contest against Georgetown. Tickets for the games are $8 per day. To RSVP for "Hawks in Florida Weekend," visit alumni.sju.edu/hawksgotoflorida.
Friday, March 9
Saint Joseph's vs. Florida International, 4:00 p.m.
Hawks Go to Florida Happy Hour, 8:00 p.m.*
Saturday, March 10
Saint Joseph's vs. Western Michigan, 10:00 a.m.
Saint Joseph's vs. Georgetown, 2:00 p.m.
Hawks Go to Florida Dinner with the Team, after the second game**
Sunday, March 11
Saint Joseph's vs. Georgetown
Tuesday, March 13
Saint Joseph's vs. Notre Dame
Wednesday, March 14
Saint Joseph's vs. Notre Dame
*Happy Hour will be held at Perch 360 at the Wyvern Hotel, 101 E. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
**The barbecue will be held at the ballpark, North Charlotte Regional Park, 1185 O'Donnell Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33953
Saint Joseph's (2-5)
Leading Hitters: James McConnon (.375 average, .417 slugging percentage), Charlie Concannon (.333 average), Matt Maul (.333 average, .429 on-base percentage)
Leading Pitchers: Tim Brennan (1-1, 8-to-1 K/BB ratio, reigning Big 5 Pitcher of the Week), Ryan Devine (three appearances, 3.2 IP, no runs, no hits, one walk allowed)
Last Time Out: The Hawks opened the Keith LeClair Classic at East Carolina with a win over Missouri State before falling to Pepperdine and the host Pirates
Next Up: SJU will host Wagner in its home opener on Friday, March 16, before taking on Manhattan and Sacred Heart over the weekend
Florida International (6-6)
Leading Hitters: Eddie Silva (.400 average, four home runs, 14 runs batted in), Logan Allen (.389 average), Jose Garcia (five home runs, 12 RBI)
Leading Pitchers: Nick MacDonald (1-0, 1.20 earned run average, 22 strikeouts in 15 innings), Tyler Myrick (1-0, 1.54 ERA, 15 K in 11.2 innings)
Last Time Out: The Panthers beat Miami (Fla.), 5-3, on Wednesday night
Next Up: After games against Western Michigan, George Mason, and Rutgers, FIU opens Conference USA play at former Atlantic 10 member Charlotte
Western Michigan (6-5)
Leading Hitters: Nate Grys (.429 average, 13 RBI), Jimmy Roche (.349 average)
Leading Pitchers: Jacob Piechota (1-0, 1.59 ERA, 9-to-2 K/BB ratio), Jimmy Townsend-Chase (0-1, two saves)
Last Time Out: The Broncos kicked off the Snowbird Classic with a win over Villanova and a loss to Georgetown
Next Up: Next weekend, WMU opens its home slate with a three-game series against Butler
Leading Hitters: Richie O'Reilly (.409 average, .545 slugging), Eddie McCabe (.341 average, five RBI)
Leading Pitchers: Jimmy Swad (five appearances, 1.12 ERA in eight innings)
Last Time Out: The Hoyas notched their first win of the season with a 9-5 victory over Western Michigan
Next Up: Georgetown opens its home slate against Coppin State on Tuesday before a four-game set against Princeton next weekend
Notre Dame (6-4)
Leading Hitters: Nick Podkul (.432 average, .649 slugging, 12 RBI), Eric Gilgenbach (four home runs, 14 RBI)
Leading Pitchers: Tommy Vail (2-0, 0.00 ERA in six appearances), Andrew Belcik (1-0, 13 K in 12.1 innings)
Last Time Out: Notre Dame won two out of three in the Kissimmee Irish Classic and will open ACC play this weekend at Miami
Next Up: After two against the Hawks, the Irish return to conference play at Florida State