May 3, 2008
KINGSTON, R.I. - An unfavorable weather forecast for Sunday led to a scheduling change as the Saint Joseph's baseball team finished its series at Rhode Island on Saturday with a doubleheader. In game one, Rhode Island's Nick Greenwood dominated on the mound from the first pitch to the final out as the Rams took the opener, 2-0. URI managed to complete the sweep of both the twinbill and the three-game series as a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth gave the Rams a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.
In the first game, a sixth-inning two-run home run to left field by catcher Zach Zaneski accounted for the only scoring as Rhode Island (25-21-1, 12-8-1 Atlantic 10) earned a 2-0 win.
Saint Joseph's (15-29, 7-14 Atlantic 10) never got a runner past first base in the game, as Greenwood absolutely dazzled on the hill for the Rams. Going the distance for his fourth win of the season, Greenwood (4-5) faced just two more hitters than the minimum and conceded three hits while striking out a whopping 13 SJU hitters. He did not allow a walk and retired 24 of the last 26 Hawks he faced.
Greenwood's gem overshadowed an outstanding performance by freshman Dominic Favazza. In his best start of the season, Favazza (1-5) went seven strong innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs. He walked only one while striking out four.
Pitching dominated once again as URI took the second game, 3-1. Rhode Island started the scoring with a run in the bottom of the third against SJU starter Don Werner. Werner hit Zaneski with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the run.
Unfortunately for SJU, a two-out, bases-loaded single by Jeff Cammans scored two runs to put the Rams ahead to stay.
URI's Jamie Degidio (1-2) earned his first win of the season in relief. Doug DiSandro took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year.
The Hawks will now return home for their final five home games of the season. The homestand kicks off Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. start against Rider. St. Bonaventure comes to town for a three-game set May 9-11, and on May 13 SJU will close out its home slate with a game against NJIT.