The Saint Joseph's baseball team heads to the Sunshine State on Thursday to take part in the annual Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Hawks will play eight games over a 10-day period, opening up with Kansas, Ball State, and Georgetown this weekend. All three games this weekend will be played at the North Charlotte Regional Complex in Port Charlotte.
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ON THE DIAMOND
SAINT JOSEPH'S (2-6)
• The Hawks won their first game at the USA Baseball Complex in Cary, North Carolina, last Friday, topping Army West Point, 3-2, in 10 innings. After a scoreless opening nine, sophomore Brendan Hueth hit a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to put the Hawks on top. The Black Knights threatened to spoil the day in the bottom of the frame, plating a pair and getting the winning run to the plate, but freshman Luke Zimmerman came on to get the final out for his first career save.
• Things didn't go quite as well for the Hawks over the weekend, as SJU dropped contests to Tulane and Army on Saturday before wrapping up the trip with a loss to Dartmouth on Sunday morning.
• Junior James McConnon remains the Hawks' leading hitter, posting a .394 average over the season's first eight games. He also leads the squad with a .474 on-base percentage. His eight runs batted in tie him with freshman Andrew Cossetti for the team lead, while Cossetti's two home runs lead the Hawks.
• Hueth has hit safely in all eight games this season and checks in with a .343 average. His team-high 11 runs scored and eight stolen bases rank fourth and second in the Atlantic 10, respectively.
• Senior Jake Meyers and sophomore Cole Stetzar have posted identical 2.53 earned run averages over two starts and 10.2 innings apiece. Meyers and junior Jordan DiValerio lead the staff with nine strikeouts each, while Stetzar has held opponents to a .237 batting average.
• Saint Joseph's will meet Bucknell on Tuesday and Central Connecticut on Wednesday.
• The Jayhawks will enter Friday's game on a four-game winning streak. Kansas took three out of four against Texas Southern two weeks ago before securing a three-game sweep of Northern Illinois last weekend. With Saturday's 3-1 win over the Huskies, head coach Ritch Price notched the 500th win of his tenure at Kansas.
• Jaxx Groshans leads the Jayhawks with a .417 average, 12 runs scored, 14 RBI, and six home runs; Groshans is tied for the sixth-most home runs in Division I thus far this season.
• Ryan Zeferjahn has posted a 1.93 ERA in 14.0 innings over three starts this season. Opponents are hitting just .191 against him, while the righthander has struck out 10.9 batters per nine innings thus far.
• Jonah Ulane has notched four saves already, tied for third in the nation, and has allowed just four base runners over five appearances.
BALL STATE (5-7)
• The Cardinals have dropped two in a row, falling 12-4 at Charleston Southern on Monday before dropping a game at Central Florida, 9-8, in 13 innings. Prior to that, Ball State had won three in a row, topping CSU before a two-game weekend sweep of Notre Dame.
• Noah Navarro is the Cardinals' leading hitter, checking in with a .333 average and 11 runs scored in 12 games. Ross Messina is BSU's leader in RBI with nine, while Navarro and Ryan Peltier are the only Cardinals to go deep this season.
• Pachmayer is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA, having thrown 11.2 innings over four appearances, including one start. Kyle Nicolas has three saves in five appearances, and combined with Pachmayer for the Cardinals' lone shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over Notre Dame on Sunday.
• The Hoyas have dropped four in a row after starting their time in Florida with an 11-0 win over Sacred Heart last Friday. One-run losses to Stetson and Saint Louis in Deland, Fla., were followed by a 3-2 defeat to Mount St. Mary's and a 22-1 loss to Western Michigan in Port Charlotte.
• Eddie McCabe's .370 batting average leads Georgetown, while his nine RBI are tied with Kyle Ruedisili for the team lead. Ruedisili also leads the way with two home runs and 12 runs scored.
• Jack Cushing leads the Hoya pitching staff with a 3.32 ERA and a 1-1 record through two starts and three relief appearances. In 19.0 innings, Cushing has fanned 25 batters while walking just four.