March 7, 2012
BELLEVUE, Wash. - An early run held up for Seattle University as the Saint Joseph's baseball team lost a tight 1-0 pitcher's duel on Wednesday afternoon at Bannerwood Park. The loss closes out SJU's West Coast swing, as the Hawks will now return home for the first game at their new home field on Friday.
Seattle (8-5) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning after Josh Kutz drew a one-out walk against junior Shane Carey. Kutz then advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt before scoring on a balk to provide the game's only run.
Saint Joseph's (1-11) had an opportunity in the top of the eighth as a two-out double by Tim Craig left runners on second and third, but Seafth Howe induced a groundout to end the Hawk threat.
Carey was a hard-luck loser, allowing the one run on just one hit and two walks. He also fanned two hitters in his four solid innings. Brett Koliani went three innings in relief, allowing two hits while recording two strikeouts, and Alex Pracher tossed a scoreless eighth inning to keep the deficit at one.
Howe improved to 2-0 on the season, allowing three hits and two walks to go with four punchouts in eight innings. Garrett Anderson earned his first save of the season with a perfect ninth.
The Hawks will now return to Philadelphia in anticipation of their first on-campus home game in over five decades as Saint Joseph's hosts Iona on Friday afternoon. The game will be held at SJU's brand new home field on the James J. Maguire '58 Campus.
A brief pre-game ceremony will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m., with first pitch set for 3:00. Live stats and streaming audio will be available for all Saint Joseph's home games, and a live video stream of the home opener will be available free of charge via Hawks All-Access at SJUHawks.com.