FAIRFAX, Va. – Starting pitcher John Williams allowed eight runs in the first four innings of the ballgame as the Saint Joseph's Hawks (8-11, 2-1) shutout the George Mason baseball team (9-13, 1-3) 9-0 on Friday afternoon.
Williams falls to 4-2 on the season with the loss. The Hawks scored one run in each of the first three innings before exploding for five in the top of the fifth, chasing Williams before he could record an out in the inning.
Joe Manion pitched a stellar game for St. Joe's, throwing 111 pitches in eight innings while allowing only four hits. John Brue extended his conference lead in homeruns by hitting is seventh on a 2-1 pitch in the top of the third to go 3-5 on the day with three RBI.
Riley Coverdale and Tyler Kardas combined to pitch the final five innings, allowing a combined two hits and striking out seven. Kardas struck out the side in the top of the ninth and struck out the last four batters he faced.
Michael Smith recorded his fourth-consecutive multi-hit game, going 2-3 at the plate with a walk. Trevor Kelly and Derek Evans had the only other hits of the afternoon for the Patriots.
The weekend series continues on Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. back at Spuhler Field.