March 9, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - After their final home game of the 1958 season, the Saint Joseph's baseball team left the field and then left campus, playing home games at numerous ballparks across the region.
On Friday, the Hawks returned home, ushering in a new era of Saint Joseph's baseball with a 5-1 win over Iona. Junior righthander Kyle Mullen dazzled on the mound, allowing a run on three hits while striking out seven in 7.1 innings as the Crimson and Gray took to the field for the first time at the new baseball facility on the Maguire Campus.
Iona (2-9) scored its only run in the first inning, getting a pair of two-out hits from Michael Chiaravalloti and Chris Burke to take a 1-0 lead.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth, when Stefan Kancylarz, Brian O'Keefe, and Kevin Taylor started the frame off with three consecutive singles. Chris Hueth followed with a fielder's choice that brought home Kancylarz with the go-ahead run.
The Hawks added some insurance in the eighth as Taylor's RBI single brought home Kancylarz with his second run of the day, and Craig plated Hueth and Taylor with a two-run single of his own.
Eddie Macaluso took the loss for Iona, allowing two runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.
The Hawk bats pounded out a season-high 14 hits on the day, with each player in the starting lineup recording a hit. Kancylarz went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Taylor, Cirillo, and Hueth had a pair of hits apiece.
SJU hosts Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.