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Baseball Tipped by Xavier, 3-2
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  05/21/2010

May 21, 2010

Box Score

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.

David Valesente ripped a single back through the box with two out in the bottom of the third to score Brett Tiagwad to get SJU on the board.

The Hawks struck again in the bottom of the fourth as Drew Smith singled to left to score Joe Cook and cut the deficit to one.

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.