March 21, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - A two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Delaware Blue Hens a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Wednesday. The Hawks could not come out on top despite senior Mike Gentile's 3-for-3 performance and a solo homerun from Ben Wendle in the sixth inning.
Saint Joseph's (2-13) jumped ahead early with a three-run first inning. Junior Jeremy Jakubowski singled in freshman David Valesente with the first run of the game. Jakubowski and senior captain Matt Godusky would come around to score on an RBI double by junior Mike Blahusch.
Delaware (3-10) scored one run in the second and two in the third to knot the score. The Hawks went back on top in the fourth when a sacrifice fly by senior Adriano Petrutz brought home junior catcher Kenny Pustizzi. SJU expanded the lead to 6-3 in the fifth on a Godusky sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Pustizzi. The Blue Hens got one back in the fifth before Wendle's second homerun of the season restored the lead to three.
The Blue Hens cut the deficit back to two in the bottom half of the sixth. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Delaware jumped on top for the first time. UD scored one run on a wild pitch and two on an RBI triple to take an 8-7 lead into the ninth.
The Hawks clawed back to tie the game in the final frame. Freshman Dewey Oriente kept the game alive with a two-out bases-loaded RBI single to tie the game and send it to the bottom of the ninth. Delaware then loaded the bases against sophomore righthander Chris Prescott before winning the game on a single by sophomore Kyle Davis.
Prescott took the loss for Saint Joseph's, falling to 0-3 on the season. David Slovak (1-1) notched the win for Delaware.
Saint Joseph's begins Atlantic 10 conference play this weekend with a trip to St. Bonaventure.