ST. LOUIS – The Saint Joseph’s baseball season saw its record-breaking season come to an end on Friday night as the Hawks fell to the Saint Louis Billikens, 9-1, in an elimination game in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship. Collin Forgey provided the offense for the Hawks with a solo home run in the third.
Saint Louis (34-20-1) opened the scoring in the first as Alec Solé hit a one-out double and came in to score on a single by Mike Vigliarolo.
Forgey tied things up for Saint Joseph’s (35-16) in the bottom of the third with a two-out home run to left center, his sixth of the season.
The Billikens regained the lead in the top of the sixth as A.J. Vandervorste led off with a single and scored on a double by Danny Brennan. Later in the inning, a Braxton Martinez sacrifice fly doubled the lead, while Solé then stole home to make it a 4-1 game.
An error in the top of the eighth allowed the Billikens to extend the lead to 5-1. A two-out single by Michael Cusenza pushed the advantage to 6-1 before a bases-loaded double by Jake Henson brought home three runs and gave the Billikens a 9-1 lead.
Daniel Thorpe, pitching on one day of rest, battled valiantly through five-plus innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Steven Schuler allowed one unearned run in two and a third innings to finish the season with a 0.77 earned run average, the lowest single-season ERA in Saint Joseph’s history.
The Hawks set new program records for overall wins with 35 and conference victories with 18. SJU also advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second time in three seasons, while head coach Fritz Hamburg moved into third place on the Hawks’ all-time win list.
In addition, Forgey was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Jordan Carter earned Pitcher of the Year honors, and Hamburg was tabbed as the Coach of the Year.