April 18, 2007
NEWARK, NJ - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost its second consecutive game on Wednesday, falling to the NJIT Highlanders by the score of 6-3 at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, NJ. The Highlanders scored a single run in each of the first three innings to stake themselves to an early lead, and two runs in the bottom of the sixth sealed the victory for the home team. For SJU, senior first baseman Kevin Walsh and freshman catcher Drew Smith led the way with two base hits apiece.
NJIT (7-18) scored a run in the first inning after a walk, a stolen base, a groundout, and a two-out single. The Hawks equalized in the top of the second after an RBI groundout by Tim Smith scored Matt Barnathan, who led off the inning with a double. The Highlanders took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame, scoring a run on an RBI triple. They added a third tally an inning later.
With the score at 3-1 in the top of the fourth, Walsh led off for Saint Joseph's (6-26) with a single to right. Drew Smith followed with an RBI double, plating Walsh. Unfortunately for the Hawks, a strikeout, a groundout, and a fly out left Smith stranded at third. NJIT scored one in the fifth to regain the two-run lead. However, it was short-lived, as SJU drew back within a run at 4-3 when Walsh scored on an error. The Highlanders then added two more insurance runs in the sixth to set the final margin.
Senior Jeff Williams (1-4) gave up three runs on five hits in three innings. Freshman Pat Monaghan, junior Andrew Powers, and sophomore Justin Trudell also saw action on the mound for the Hawks. NJIT starter P.J. Saporito got the win, improving to 3-4 after a solid six innings. Spiro Molfetas shut the Hawks down, ceding just a single hit over the final three innings, to earn his first save.
Saint Joseph's will play host to George Washington this weekend in Atlantic 10 action. The first game, scheduled for Friday at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, will begin at 3:00 p.m.