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Baseball Heads to Richmond for Key Atlantic 10 Series

Senior Kyle Mullen was named the Big 5 Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday
Senior Kyle Mullen was named the Big 5 Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday

April 18, 2013



RICHMOND, Va. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team hits the road this weekend, traveling to Richmond to take on the Spiders in a key Atlantic 10 series. Live stats for all three games can be accessed at SJUHawks.com.

Hawk Headlines
• Saint Joseph's will head to Richmond for the first time since 2010 this weekend for a three-game set against the Spiders.
• In 2011, SJU took two out of three from Richmond at Campbell's Field on the last weekend of the season.
• The Hawks will play their first series outside of the Greater Philadelphia area since returning from their spring break to trip to Mississippi and Alabama on March 6.
Anthony Cirillo became the 59th member of the 100-Hit Club at Saint Joseph's with a single to center field on Friday afternoon. Kevin Kratochwill is four hits away from becoming the next to reach the plateau.
Kyle Mullen was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. The reigning Big 5 Pitcher of the Year, it marks his first weekly honor of 2013.

Probable Starters
Friday, 3:00 p.m.: RHP Kyle Mullen (6-3, 2.93 ERA) vs. LHP Zak Sterling (4-1, 2.68 ERA)
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: RHP Jordan Carter (2-2, 3.83 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Blum (4-0, 3.35 ERA)
Sunday, Noon: RHP Daniel Thorpe (3-5, 4.20 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob Mayers (1-0, 3.09 ERA)

Last Time Out: Saint Joseph's dropped two out of three to La Salle over the weekend. The Hawks took the series opener, 12-1, before falling on Saturday and Sunday.

In Friday's game, senior Kyle Mullen tied the school's all-time record for career victories as the Hawks jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning and never looked back. Mullen tossed seven innings of four-hit ball to earn his 19th career win, tying him with Jed Johnson (1993-96) atop the SJU career list.

Senior Anthony Cirillo also reached a milestone in the game, ripping a single to center field for his 100th career hit. He is the 59th player in Saint Joseph's history to acheive the feat, and the second this season (Quinn Renner).

Mull It Over: Hawk fans can set their watches by senior Kyle Mullen. Saint Joseph's has won Mullen's last 16 regular season starts in conference play, dating back to April of 2011.

Stefan-tastic: Stefan Kancylarz set a Saint Joseph's school record in 2012, playing in 56 games. The sophomore has picked up where he left off, playing in 33 of 35 games and leading the team in walks and ranking fourth in on-base percentage.

Rubber Arm: Junior Steven Schuler set a program record for appearances in a season last year, pitching in 30 games for the Hawks. Schuler also notched three saves while sporting a 5-2 record and a 3.19 earned run average. This season, Schuler is racking up the appearances once again, having pitched in 16 of SJU's 35 games in 2013.

First-Time First Team Senior Kyle Mullen was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in 2012 after posting a 5-0 record and a 1.99 earned run average in conference play. Mullen is the first Hawk to earn a spot on the league's All-Conference First Team as a starting pitcher.

Family Affair: Hawk hurler Kyle Mullen is from a legacy of Hawks. His father, Mark, donned the Crimson and Gray between 1978 and 1980 while uncles Tony and Kevin played from 1976-78 and 1979-82, respectively. Kevin Mullen's 1982 Hawk squad posted an impressive 20-6-1 record, setting a school record with a .769 winning percentage. Kyle had the distinction of starting the first game at SJU's new ballpark.

California Love: After going 17 years without a California native on the roster, Saint Joseph's reach on the West Coast has expanded noticeably. Senior Quinn Renner (Laguna Niguel), graduate transfer Collin Forgey (San Diego), and freshman Matt Haskins (Newbury Park) all hail from the Golden State.

Prach On, Pracher: If new assistant coach Alex Pracher looks familiar, it's because he spent the 2012 season as a member of the Hawk pitching staff. Pracher tossed a five-hit shutout in SJU's first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament game as the Hawks topped Rhode Island, 3-0, on May 23. After donning the Crimson and Gray for his final year of eligibility, Pracher has transitioned into coaching as part of Fritz Hamburg's staff.

League of Extraordinary Expansion: The Atlantic 10 expanded in the summer of 2012 to include Butler University and Virginia Commonwealth University. The additions brought the total league membership to 16 (15 for baseball). The A-10 Baseball Championship will also expand in 2013, as the top seven schools in the standings will head to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the conference tournament from May 22-25. In previous years, only the top six teams qualified for the Championship.

Let's Play Two (More): The Atlantic 10 schedule includes one bye week and three-game series against eight league opponents. The Hawks will spend their weekend off from the conference slate playing host to league foe St. Bonaventure, as the Bonnies are also on a bye from April 5-7. In addition, Saint Joseph's traveled to Richmond, Virginia, over the second weekend of the season for a non-conference series at VCU. The set with the Rams was scheduled before VCU joined the league last summer. Neither series will count in the league standings.

Save the Day: Jimmy Yacabonis notched his first two career saves in the wins over Stetson. He faced six batters in two innings, striking out five of them. For his efforts, Yacabonis was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the Week and the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Pitcher of the Week on February 19.

We Must Protect This House: After starting the season with 12 road games, the Hawks returned to Smithson Field on March 9, hosting Central Connecticut. Over the course of their opening homestand, SJU notched an impressive 6-1 record.

Big (5) Men on Campus: Mike Muha and Quinn Renner were recognized for their outstanding play in the Hawks' first two weeks at home, as they were named the Big 5 Baseball Players of the Week on March 12 and March 19, respectively. Formed in 2006 as the Diamond Five, Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball aims to increase exposure for college baseball in the Philadelphia area. The organization selects a Pitcher and Player of the Week throughout the year and names an All-Big 5 Team and award winners at the end of the season.

Crooked Numbers: The Saint Joseph's bats have answered the bell early this season, posting big innings on a regular basis. The Hawks have scored three or more runs in an inning 24 times this season, including a 10-spot in the seventh inning against Iona on March 10. SJU achieved the feat 24 times throughout the entire 2012 season.

Strikeout King: Senior Kyle Mullen continues his assault on the Saint Joseph's record book this season. After setting the program record for innings in a season and tying the program record for strikeouts in a season in 2012, Mullen broke the SJU career record on March 22 when he fanned Temple's Matt Elko for his 213th career strikeout. The previous record had been held for 47 years by Saint Joseph's Hall of Famer John Butz.

Jordan Rules: Junior Jordan Carter had the finest outing of his career on March 28, tossing his first career complete game as the Hawks beat Fordham, 11-1. Carter allowed one unearned run on six hits while striking out eight en route to being named the Big 5 Baseball Co-Pitcher of the Week.

Started From the Bottom, Now He's Here: Catcher Brian O'Keefe entered the series against Fordham without a home run this season. He then hit three home runs in four games and began the next week's series against St. Bonaventure as the team's leader in the category. For his efforts, O'Keefe pulled in Big 5 Player of the Week honors on April 2.

Stay in the Yard: Through 35 games, Saint Joseph's pitchers have allowed just two home runs. That total appears to be the fewest in Division I this season. (statistic courtesy of Boyd Nation/BoydsWorld.com)

Big Numbers for the Big 5: Junior Chris Hueth tore the cover off of the ball from April 2-7, posting a .556 batting average, a .680 on-base percentage, and a 1.056 slugging percentage. He went 10-for-18, including four triples, and was a perfect 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts. He also drew four walks and was hit by a pitch three times. Hueth scored in all five of the Hawks' games and totaled seven runs scored for the week. For his efforts, he was selected as the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week on April 9.

Another Week, Another Honor: Saint Joseph's earned a Big 5 weekly award for the for the third consecutive week on April 16. After being named the Big 5 Pitcher of the Year in 2012, Kyle Mullen pulled in his first weekly honor of 2013 when he earned the nod for Big 5 Pitcher of the Week. Mullen went seven innings in his previous start against La Salle on April 12, allowing just one run on four hits, to earn his 19th career victory, tying him for the Saint Joseph's record held by Jed Johnson since 1996.

 

 

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