Baseball Swept in Doubleheader by Rhode Island
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  05/03/2008

May 3, 2008

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

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.

The Hawks would finally get on the scoreboard in the eighth inning, tying the game up as Mike Coleman scored on a fly ball by David Valesente.

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.