St. Joseph's: 31-7
Johnson & Wales: 22-17
Dave Matthews (Newtown, Conn.) got the Wildcats off to a fast start when he jacked a two-run home run in the top of the first. He scored Rob Ballinger (South Kingstown, RI) with a single in the top of the fifth.
Senior Ryan Cabral (Scituate, RI) padded JWU's lead when he blasted a solo home run in the top of the seventh. It was the first home run of his career.
JWU has 10 home runs on the year, its most since the 2011 team hit 20.
Sophomore Brandon Budlong (Cranston, RI) went the distance on the mound to get his sixth win of the year. He gave up three runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts.
The Wildcats move on in the winner's bracket of the GNAC Tournament. They'll face the winner of the Lasell-Suffolk game at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Fraser Field in Lynn, Mass.