March 24, 2006
AMBLER, PA - Saint Joseph's (8-16, 1-0 A-10) pounded out 16 hits and Bob Unkel tossed eight shutout innings as the Hawks beat Temple (5-13, 0-1 A-10), 9-0, in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at Ambler Field. Tim Smith and Jeremy Jakubowski each had four hits to pace the SJU offense.
Unkel (1-2) was nearly un-hittable on the mound. He allowed just three hits and did not allow a runner to reach second base until the eighth inning. The sophomore struck out eight batters before giving way to Ben Wendle in the ninth.
TU senior Tim Foulkrod started and was greeted by a four-run second inning. Only one run was earned in the frame, as SJU took advantage of a Temple error to take a 4-0 lead after two innings. Matt Godusky got things started with a triple to left center. Mike Gentile was then hit by pitch and Dustin Onulak walked to load the bases. Jereme Scott then hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to plate the game's first run. Things began to unravel for the Owls when Jeremy Jakubowski reached and then went to second on an error by the third baseman. Gentile scored on the play and Onulak moved to third. A sacrifice fly by Chris Cashman plated Onulak and Smith singled to drive home Jakubowski.
The Hawks added a run in the third on a pair of singles before Foulkrod settled down and and one more in teh eighth to build a 6-0 lead. St. Joe's iced the game with three runs in the top of the ninth, sending nine men to the plate.
The series resumes on Saturday at Ambler Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
Photos from today's game, as well as previous Hawk contests, are available at www.sidephotos.com.