April 30, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped Friday's series opener to Richmond, 7-2, at Pitt Field. David Valesente hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth to provide the Hawks with their runs.
The teams were scoreless through the first four innings, but the early part of the game was not without a milestone moment. When SJU starter Randy Mower struck out Derek Boliek for the final out of the third inning, it gave him 281.0 innings pitched for his career, breaking the all-time program record.
Richmond (19-20 overall, 6-10 Atlantic 10) broke through in the bottom of the fifth when Chris Cowell led off the inning with a solo home run. An RBI double by Robby Massar and a single by Adam McConnell put the Spiders on top, 3-0.
UR added a run in the sixth on a single by Bryan Conway and increased the lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the eighth on Cowell's second home run of the day, a two-run shot to left, and when a fielding error allowed Conway to score on a single by Massar.
Saint Joseph's (15-21 overall, 10-6 Atlantic 10) ended a 29-inning scoreless streak in the ninth as Dewey Oriente reached on an error with one out before Valesente hit his third longball of the season over the left field wall.
Mower took the loss, going seven and a third innings and giving up 12 hits and seven runs, six earned. He falls to 3-4 on the year. Ian Marshall worked eight scoreless innings for the Spiders, giving up just five hits while walking two and striking out six, to even his record at 3-3.
Game two of the weekend set is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.