May 21, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - A herculean effort from Randy Mower on Senior Day wasn't enough as the Saint Joseph's baseball team fell, 3-2, to visiting Xavier on Friday afternoon at Campbell's Field. Mower worked eight and two-thirds innings, allowing 12 hits and just three runs in the loss.
Mower became the first pitcher in SJU history to eclipse the 300-innings pitched mark for his career.
Xavier (24-30 overall, 17-9 Atlantic 10) scored twice in the top of the first on singles by Phil Bauer and Bobby Freking, staking the Musketeers to a 2-0 lead.
For the second day in a row, Saint Joseph's (18-28 overall, 13-13 Atlantic 10) had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the second, but XU starter Jon Richard induced a pair of groundouts to keep the Hawks off the scoreboard.
The Musketeers added to their lead in the top of the third on a Ben Thomas single to right.
The teams traded zeroes in what developed into a pitcher's duel between Mower and Richard. The Hawks got their first two men on base in the bottom of the seventh to chase Richard, but Alex Vice came in and induced a double play ball from Valesente on a diving stop by Bauer at shortstop before a grounder to second ended the inning with a man on third.
Richard improved to 7-3 on the year while Mower fell to 3-5. Seth Willoughby pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save of the season.
The teams will play their final regular season game on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.