CAMDEN, N.J. – Eddie Palmer was 2-for-4 with a career-high five runs batted in on Friday as Saint Joseph’s got back in the win column with an 8-4 victory over Dayton at Campbell’s Field. Kyle Mullen allowed three earned runs over six innings to notch his fourth victory of the season.
Saint Joseph’s (14-23, 5-8 Atlantic 10) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, exploding for five runs to jump out in front. Brett Tiagwad led off the frame with a single that dropped in along the right field line for SJU’s first hit of the game against UD lefty Cameron Hobson. Kevin Kratochwill singled and Greg Kumpel was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Chris Hueth drew an RBI walk before Joe Cook looped a single to center to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Palmer then followed with his first hit of the day, ripping a ball into the gap in right center to clear the bases and extend the margin to 5-0.
Dayton (21-18, 6-4 Atlantic 10) got on the board with one on and nobody out in the top of the fifth as Mel Skochdopole ripped a line drive over the left field wall just inside the foul pole to cut the lead to 5-2. The Flyers added two more in the frame on a total of four hits and an error to quickly slice the Hawk advantage to a single run.