May 25, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - Saint Joseph's sophomore Daniel Thorpe tossed his first career complete game and Brett Tiagwad scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Saint Joseph's baseball team eliminated Rhode Island with a 3-2 victory. By virtue of their win, the Hawks will advance to take on Saint Louis later on Friday afternoon at Houlihan Park.
Tiagwad led off the ninth with a single and advanced to second on a groundout by Lansing Veeder. A passed ball by Ram catcher Milan Adams then allowed Tiagwad to reach third with one out. After walks to Kevin Kratochwill and Greg Kumpel loaded the bases for Kevin Taylor, who hit a ground ball to first. URI's Jeff Cammans fielded the ball but threw it wide of the plate, allowing Tiagwad to slide across with the winning run.
The victory is the 25th of the season for Saint Joseph's, tying the school record set in 1995.
Rhode Island (33-25-1) opened the scoring in the top of the second as Joe Landi was hit by a pitch with two outs and came in to score two batters later on a single by Chris Famiglietti.
Saint Joseph's (25-31) equalized in the bottom of the fifth as Kratochwill notched an RBI groundout to score Tiagwad and tie the game at 1-1.
URI drew even at 2-2 in the eighth as Cammans hit a sacrifice fly to score Famiglietti with the tying run.
Kancylarz ripped a one-out triple in the bottom of the eighth but was stranded on third by URI reliever Mike Bradstreet to keep the game tied.
That set up the dramatic conclusion to the game that moved the Hawks on in the bracket.
Thorpe was outstanding in the longest outing of his career, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out seven, to improve to 3-2 on the season. Bradstreet took the loss, falling to 3-4.
The game was the 56th of the season for SJU, tying a school record. Kancylarz also tied a school record, playing in his 55th game of the year.
The Hawks will now take on the Billikens in another elimination game on Friday. First pitch is tentatively set for 4:30 p.m., or 40 minutes after the conclusion of the game between Dayton and Richmond.