March 5, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost to the Sacred Heart University Pioneers by a score of 6-3 on Monday afternoon in Clearwater, FL. The Hawks were unable to recover after SHU put five runs on the board in the top of the third inning. Taking the loss for SJU was freshman hurler Pat Monaghan (0-1). Monaghan ceded five earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. Rob Tencza (1-1) recorded the win for the Pioneers after allowing just two runs, neither of them earned, in five innings. Chris Barthel got the final out to record his first save.
Sacred Heart (3-3) took control of the game in the third by scoring five runs with two outs in the inning. After a pair of fly outs and a walk, senior first baseman Bobby McKee tripled in a run and scored on a single by Jeff Hanson. Two batters later, senior Pete Kandybowicz tripled in a pair of runs, and scored on an RBI single by Phil Tantillo.
The Hawks (0-10) started to claw back in the fourth by scoring a pair of unearned runs. Sophomore Ben Wendle drew a walk and proceeded to score on a pair of errors by the Pioneer second baseman. Junior Jereme Scott also scored on an error to cut the lead to 5-2. Sacred Heart tacked on their final run of the afternoon when Hanson doubled home a run with two out in the seventh.
Saint Joseph's managed to add one more in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Chris Cashman. The Hawks then had runners at first and second with two down, but Barthel retired freshman Dewey Oriente on strikes to end the game.
The Hawks managed just five hits on the day against Pioneer pitching. Freshman Adam Rivera was impressive in relief, facing the minimum number of batters over his three innings of work.
Saint Joseph's will face Lehigh on Tuesday afternoon in Clearwater, FL. Game time is 3:00 PM.