April 15, 2006
NORRISTOWN, PA - A bases clearing triple by sophomore Jereme Scott highlighted a four-run seventh inning as Saint Joseph's (13-24, 5-6 A-10) rallied for a 7-6 victory over Charlotte (23-12-1, 8-3 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Freshman Chris Prescott tossed two innings of scoreless relief to earn his first collegiate victory. Sophomore Tim Smith led an 11-hit Hawk attack with three hits.
The day began well for SJU with the Hawks scoring twice in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. With one out, the Hawks got back-to-back doubles from junior Mike Gentile and sophomore Mike Blahusch to get on the scoreboard. Freshman Ben Wendle then singled through the rightside to make it 2-0.
Three Hawk errors opened the door for Charlotte to go on top. The 49ers scored an unearned run in the top of the third and then plated five runs in the fourth to go on top 6-2. The 49ers sent 10 men to the plate in the fourth against Hawk starter Jason Hessler. They loaded the bases quickly with no one out thanks to consecutive singles and a hit batsman. The game was tied and the bases remained loaded after an error. A fielder's choice then put UNCC on top. A double, a sacrifice fly and another error accounted for the final three runs in the frame.
Trailing by one, SJU scratched back with an unearned run of its own in the sixth against Charlotte starter Keith Moreland.
The game's turning point came in the seventh as SJU scored four times off the UNCC bullpen to take the lead, 7-6. The 49ers suprisingly replaced Moreland at the start of the seventh inning despite having only thrown just over 80 pitches. Reliever B.J. Hagen retired the first batter he faced and induced a strikeout of sophomore Chris Cashman, but a wild pitch allowed Cashman to reach base. SJU then got a single from Mike Gers and Smith dropped a bunt between the pitcher and third baseman to load the bases. That set the stage for Scott who crushed a triple into the alley in left-center field which tied the game. The Crimson and Gray took the lead on a double by Greg Mason off Charlotte's second pitcher of the inning Zach Rosenbaum.
Prescott (1-5) earned the win after a pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth inning. He came out for the ninth, but walked the first batter he faced and gave way to sophomore Mark Imbo. Imbo retired all three batters he faced to register his fourth appearance of the season. Prescott allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Hessler received a no-decision allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits in six innings. He struckout six.
Hagen (1-1) took the loss in relief allowing four runs and three hits in 0.1 innings. Moreland surrendered three runs (two earned) in six innings, scattering five hits and striking out three.
The two teams wrap up their three game series on Sunday. FIrst pitch is scheduled for noon.