MARCH 29, 2013
Mullen Tosses Six; Hueth, O’Keefe Add Two RBI
MERION STATION, Pa. – Chris Hueth and Brian O’Keefe had two runs batted in apiece as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team dug out of an early hole to top Fordham, 6-2, at Smithson Field on Friday afternoon. Kyle Mullen tossed six innings of five-hit ball, while Steven Schuler and Jimmy Yacabonis combined for three perfect innings of relief.
Fordham (10-14 overall, 0-5 Atlantic 10) took an early 2-0 lead on a pair of unearned runs. Joseph Runco reached on an error to start the game, and he and Tim Swatek came in to score on a single by Charles Galiano.
Saint Joseph’s (12-13 overall, 4-1 Atlantic 10) broke through in the third inning, loading the bases with nobody out on singles by Anthony Cirillo and Quinn Renner and a walk to Kevin Kratochwill. Two batters later, a wild pitch allowed Cirillo to cross the plate and cut the Fordham lead to 2-1.
Mike Muha then walked, and two batters later, Hueth singled in Renner and Kratochwill to put the Hawks on top, 3-2.
SJU added another three-spot in the fourth on a bases-loaded single by Stefan Kancylarz and a two-out double to left center by O’Keefe.
Pitching took over at that point, as the two teams combined for just three hits the rest of the way.
Mullen improved to 4-3 on the season, going six innings and allowing two unearned runs on five hits, striking out six. Chris Pike took the loss for Fordham after allowing six runs, three earned, on five hits. He also walked four and struck out two to fall to 1-4.
Schuler tossed two perfect innings for Saint Joseph’s, while Yacabonis struck out the side in the ninth to lock down the win.
The Hawks and Rams will play the series finale on Saturday at noon. Live stats and streaming audio will be available atSJUHawks.com.