March 17, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Saint Joseph's righthander Alex Pracher went the distance on Saturday afternoon, holding visiting Buffalo to two runs on six hits while striking out eight as the Hawk baseball team used a four-run eighth inning to earn a 5-2 victory over the Bulls on the Maguire Campus.
Pracher, a graduate transfer, notched his first victory in a Hawk uniform and posted a season-best with his eight punchouts. In two starts at home, Pracher has tossed 17 of a possible 18 innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits. He did not walk a batter on Saturday.
Buffalo (6-8) opened the scoring right away, as Matt Pollock led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tom Murphy.
The Bulls doubled the lead in the third as Pollock singled home Ryan Tulloch.
The critical rally came in the eighth as the Hawks scored four runs to take the lead. After Tommy Cunningham led off the frame with a single and Pater was hit by a pitch, Kevin Kratochwill lofted a single to center to load the bases. Stefan Kancylarz followed with a two-run single to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Chris Hueth singled in Kratochwill before Kancylarz scored on a bases-loaded walk by Lansing Veeder to close the scoring.
Pracher returned to the mound in the ninth and, after ceding a lead-off double to Pollock, struck out two of the final three batters of the game to lock down the win.
River McWilliams took the loss for UB after he was charged with four runs in an inning and a third. Kevin Hughes started for the Bulls and allowed three hits while striking out eight in five innings, but left in the bottom of the sixth due to injury.
Saint Joseph's will host Saint Peter's on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for noon.