March 1, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's University baseball team kicked off its annual swing through Florida with a 9-4 victory on Saturday night. Senior centerfielder Jeremy Jakubowski led the Hawk attack, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. The win marks the beginning of the 2008 Baseball Week Tournament held by Rollins College.
Saint Joseph's (1-4) started the scoring in the bottom of the second. After a leadoff double, a walk, and a single, senior Chris Cashman reached on an error to score Ben Wendle. A fielder's choice by Jakubowski and a wild pitch by Georgetown starter Jimmy Saris (0-1) also plated runs, giving SJU a 3-0 lead after two.
The Hawks added another tally in the fourth on an RBI single by sophomore Mike Boyland.
Georgetown (1-3) cut the deficit in half in the fourth on a bases-clearing triple by Kelly Muir. However, Hawks starter Randy Mower struck out Rob Begin to end the threat.
SJU got one back in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by sophomore David Valesente to push the advantage to 5-2. The Hawks scored twice in the fifth on a bases-loaded ground-rule double by Jakubowski to further pad their lead.
Georgetown put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh against freshman Dominic Favazza. A strikeout, a wild pitch, and a second strikeout held Georgetown to just one run in the inning.
The Hoyas added one more in the eighth when a ground ball bounded off of Favazza and into shallow center field.
Jakubowski led off the SJU half of the eight with a home run to left center, his first of the season. After Valesente doubled down the left field line, sophomore Drew Smith singled down the right field line to score another run.
Mower (1-1) was strong early, allowing just two hits in his first three innings. He worked five innings in total, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out six Hoyas while only walking one. Favazza pitched three solid innings, and sophomore Mark Dolaghan pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Hawks will face the Hoyas once again on Sunday night at Rollins' Alfond Stadium. The game, a contest that does not count toward the Baseball Week standings, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.