Mount Saint Joseph will not make the MIAA A Conference baseball playoffs in 2017, but the Gaels will end the season on a high note, as they defeated Loyola, 4-1, on Wednesday at Blakefield, for their fifth win in their last six contests.

St. Joe scored two times in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth. Jake Howell started and pitched five innings to earn the win. He allowed just one run on three hits, with four strikeouts. Matt Conley came on in relief and pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save.

Zach Putman was 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Gaels. Jack Stilling went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Michael McManus and Justin Looney each drove in a run.

Miguel Mateo was 2-for-2 for Loyola and drove in the Dons’ only run.

St. Joe (11-13 overall) is now 5-10 in the A Conference with just one game to play. Loyola (8-10 overall) is 8-6 in league play. The Dons are currently in fourth-place and have clinched their spot in the post-season.