March 27, 2012
AMBLER, Pa. - Behind timely hitting and shutdown pitching, the Saint Joseph's baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the 2012 Liberty Bell Classic, defeating Temple, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field. The win is the third in a row for the Hawks, and their fifth straight over Temple.
The Hawks will host the semifinal game against either Delaware or Lehigh next Tuesday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. on the Maguire Campus. The winner will advance to the championship game on April 17 at Citizens Bank Park.
Saint Joseph's (7-18) jumped out to an early lead, as Ryan Pater led off the game and reached on an error, stole second, and scored on a double by Stefan Kancylarz to give the Hawks a 1-0 advantage after one.
The Hawks looked to threaten again in the second, loading the bases with nobody out against freshman lefthander Eric Peterson, but the Owls used a double play and a fly out to escape the inning unscathed.
Temple (10-15) broke through in the bottom of the sixth, knotting the score at one apiece on a sacrifice fly by Matt Elko.
Cirillo then added an RBI single of his own in the eighth to score Kevin Taylor and double the lead. Taylor would single in the top of the ninth to drive in Kratochwill to add an insurance tally and increase the lead to three.
Kevin Burum came on and shut the door in the ninth for his first save.
Daniel Thorpe started the contest, tossing four shutout innings and allowing two singles and two walks while striking out three. Mike Muha, Steven Schuler, and Brett Koliani allowed one run on four hits to keep the Owl bats at bay.
Kratochwill finished the day 3-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in, while Taylor and Cirillo contributed two hits, a run, and an RBI apiece. Brian O'Keefe chipped in with a pair of hits as well.
Saint Joseph's will now turn its attention to conference play for the first time this season as the Rhode Island Rams will visit the Maguire Campus for a three-game set. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 3:00 p.m.