Baseball Suffers 3-1 Setback at UNC-Wilmington
March 5, 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost a tight 3-1 game at UNC-Wilmington on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Field. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Mullen got the start and allowed just two runs on six hits in six and two-thirds strong innings.
UNC-Wilmington (5-5) struck first as Ryan LaGrange hit a one-out single in the second. He moved to second on a ground ball and to third on a wild pitch before Jake Koenig brought him home with a two-out single.
Saint Joseph's (5-5) answered in the third. Brett Tiagwad led off with a single and stole second base. UNCW starter Daniel Cropper retired the next two hitters, but Greg Kumpel laced a single to left to drive in the tying run.
The Seahawks edged ahead in the sixth as Alex Hill led off with a double and came in to score on a groundout by Andrew Cain.
UNCW added to the lead in the eighth, as Thomas Pope singled in Matt Campbell with the game's final run.
SJU pounded out 11 hits, but left 12 runners on base. Tiagwad and Kumpel led the way, each notching three hits. Freshman Kevin Kratochwill added a pair of singles as well.
Mullen took the loss to fall to 2-1. He allowed just a pair of runs on six hits and added four strikeouts without a walk. Zak Kornblum was credited with the win for the Seahawks for his first decision of the season.
The Hawks will no longer face Holy Cross tomorrow morning as originally scheduled. Due to an unfavorable rain forecast, SJU will meet Holy Cross on Monday at noon. The Hawks will then slide their rematch with UNCW to Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.