April 20, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped the first game of its weekend series on Friday afternoon, falling to the George Washington Colonials by a score of 12-5. Freshman Adam Rivera gave up five runs in three innings and was saddled with the loss to fall to 1-5. George Washington's Pat Lehman pitched eight innings to record the win and improve to 4-4 on the season.
George Washington (14-23-1, 6-7 Atlantic 10) jumped on Rivera early, scoring three runs in the first inning on three doubles and an error. The Colonials added two more in the third on a pair of singles and a fielder's choice.
Saint Joseph's (6-27, 3-10 Atlantic 10) got one back in the bottom of the third when senior Adriano Petrutz scored on a fielding error. GW then scored twice in both the fourth and fifth innings on home runs to stake the Colonials to a 9-1 lead.
The Hawks chipped away, scoring two in the sixth and one in the eighth. Sophomore Ben Wendle doubled and scored in the sixth when junior Jeremy Jakubowski reached on an error. Jakubowski then scored on an RBI single by freshman Matt Barnathan. In the eighth, Wendle led off with a single and scored on a double by senior Matt Godusky. However, George Washington added three insurance runs in the ninth to set the final margin.
Wendle finished the game with four hits and two runs scored. Petrutz and Barnathan added multi-hit games as well.
The series continues Saturday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.