April 29, 2012
OLEAN, N.Y. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team earned a series victory on Sunday afternoon, coming from behind for the second time this weekend to defeat St. Bonaventure, 7-3, at Fred Handler Park. Senior Kevin Taylor hit his third home run of the season while freshman Stefan Kancylarz had three hits and a pair of runs batted in on the day.
Saint Joseph's (19-24 overall, 9-5 Atlantic 10) took a brief lead in the top of the third inning after Brett Tiagwad led off the frame with a walk and came in to score three batters later on a fielder's choice by Greg Kumpel.
St. Bonaventure (18-18 overall, 6-9 Atlantic 10) equalized in the bottom half, however, as Austin Ingraham brought home Michael Meredith with a one-out single up the middle.
The Bonnies went ahead in the fourth on an RBI single by Meredith, and the lead swelled to 3-1 in the fifth after Billy Urban doubled in Jason Radwan, who had led off the inning with a double of his own.
Taylor cut the lead in half when he led off the top of the sixth with a longball to right.
SJU went ahead for good in the seventh, plating a pair of runs to take a 4-3 lead. Tiagwad reached on a one-out error before Tommy Cunningham pinch hit and reached on an error that allowed Tiagwad to score the tying run from second two batters later. Kumpel then followed with a single to center that scored pinch runner Tim Craig with the go-ahead tally.
The Bonnies threatened in the bottom of the seventh as Ryan Skellie hit a two-out single with a runner on first that was then mishandled by Kumpel. However, Kumpel was able to recover and relay the ball in to Taylor, whose throw to catcher Brian O'Keefe was in time to get Radwan out at the plate and preserve the Hawk advantage.
For the second time in three days, the Hawks burst out with a crooked number in the ninth, this time scoring three insurance runs to take a four-run lead. Taylor and O'Keefe drew consecutive one-out walks before Kancylarz ripped a two-run triple to make it a 6-3 game. The freshman then came in to score himself on a passed ball to extend the lead to four.
In the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Burum relieved Steven Schuler with runners on first and second and nobody out and sent the Bonnies down in order after that, including a called third strike on Skellie to end the game.
Schuler improved to 4-0 on the year, allowing one hit and three walks in two and a third innings of scoreless relief. Burum retired all three batters he faced, fanning two, for his fourth save of the year.
SBU's Cameron Carney fell to 0-1, allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning of work.
Taylor was 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and one driven in while Kancylarz was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI to pace the offense. Kumpel also drove in a pair on the day.
The Hawks are idle until Friday afternoon, when the George Washington Colonials come to Hawk Hill. First pitch in the series opener is set for 3:00 p.m. on the Maguire Campus.