May 6, 2008
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Jeremy Jakubowski was 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and Brian Hartsell was 4-for-4 with three runs scored as the Saint Joseph's baseball team ended a five-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over Rider on Tuesday afternoon. Andrew Powers earned the win in his only start of the season, scattering seven hits in five scoreless innings to improve to 2-0.
The heart of the Hawk order provided more than enough offense on Tuesday, with Hartsell, Jakubowski and Ryan McDonald combining to go 11-for-14 at the plate with three runs scored and five RBIs.
Saint Joseph's (16-29) got on the board in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead. With one out, Mike Coleman singled to center and was followed by Hartsell, who attempted to sacrifice him to second. However, Hartsell laid down a superb bunt that rolled all the way past the third base bag in fair territory, putting runners on first and second. Jakubowski then drilled a pitch right back through the box and into center to bring Coleman around with the game's first run. McDonald laced a single of his own to left center to plate Hartsell.
The Hawks came back with singletons in both the fourth and fifth innings to double the lead. An RBI groundout by Joe Cook in the fourth scored Matt Barnathan, who had reached on a walk. After a leadoff walk in the fifth, Hartsell was attempting to steal second when Derek Caldwell's pitch went wide. With no intention of stopping, Hartsell quickly rounded second and made his way to third base. He would score during that same at bat as Jakubowski singled to center, taking the SJU lead to 4-0.
Rider (24-21) notched its only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning as Darren Lattomus advanced to third on a single by Eric Woodrow and came in to score on a bad throw by Jakubowski.
SJU responded with a four-run sixth to close the scoring and seal the victory. Pinch runner Tim Smith scored after a throwing error on a double steal to make it 5-1. After advancing to third on the error, Brooks Miller scored on a successful squeeze bunt by Joe Cook to extend the lead to five runs. Coleman then drew a two-out walk before advancing to second on a single by Hartsell. For the second time in the game, Jakubowski and McDonald hit back-to-back RBI singles to put the Hawks on top 8-1.
The Hawks return to action Friday with a home A-10 contest at Latshaw-McCarthy Field against St. Bonaventure. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.