March 20, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - Senior David Valesente hit a game-tying three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to draw the Hawks even, but a four-run ninth sank the Saint Joseph's baseball team, giving Youngstown State a 9-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at Campbell's Field.
Saint Joseph's (2-10) scored the game's first run in the bottom half of the third. Shane Lynch worked a full count against Penguin starter Phil Klein before ripping a ball to the wall in right center. Youngstown State center fielder Eric Marzec and right fielder Armani Johnson collided as the ball dropped and Lynch came all the way around to score.
The game was delayed approximately 30 minutes as the two players were tended to. Both players were conscious and were taken to a local hospital with concussions.
Youngstown State (8-6) scored four in the top of the fifth to take the lead. Zac McFarland led off with a single and came around to score two batters later on a double by Jonathan Crist. A throwing error by Quinn Renner allowed Crist to score and, two batters later, a single brought home Neil Schroth. A double by Anthony Porter plated Jacke Healey with the fourth run of the inning.
The Penguins added a fifth run in the sixth inning on a single by Greg Dissinger that chased starter Randy Mower.
The Hawks loaded the bases on a hit and a pair of walks with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Valesente, entering as a pinch hitter, flied out to center to end the threat.
SJU roared back to tie the game in the bottom half of the eighth. With runners on first and second and one out, Renner laced a single up the middle to score pinch runner Drew Stoll. Valesente then followed with his three-run home run to knot the game at five, his first round-tripper of the season.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, the Penguins scored four times in the top half of the ninth inning to take a 9-5 lead. With one out, a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for Healey, who hit a fly ball to left field. Dewey Oriente couldn't corral it and the go-ahead run came across. Porter followed with a sacrifice fly to left before an infield single by Derek Carr drove in one and also allowed Healey, who had been running hard the whole way, to score from second when the throw was not in time at first.
The Hawks then went down in order in the ninth to end the game.
Mower worked five and a third innings, giving up five runs, one earned, on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three. Klein went five and two-thirds, giving up just the one run on four hits. He also struck out 10 while walking two.
Adam Rivera worked three and a third innings and took his first loss of the season. He gave up four runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out two and walking one. Trent Wood got the win for the Penguins to improve to 2-0.
At the plate, Crist was 3-for-3 for YSU with an RBI and two runs scored, while Healey and Porter both drove in a pair.
SJU returns to Campbell's Field Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for a game against Marist.