Feb. 25, 2006
BETHESDA, MD - Despite hanging tough in two tightly contested games, the Saint Joseph's baseball team (0-5) dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Georgetown (3-3). A walk-off homer stifled the HAwks in teh opener, 4-3, and an SJU tally came up short in teh nightcap, 6-4, at Shirley Povich Field. Junioe Mike Gentile went 4-7 in th etwo games for the Hawks.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth of game one, the Hoyas took the first pitch the opposite way for a walk-off home run off SJU reliever Jeff Williams.
Prior to the game-winner, both teams were held scoreless since the top of the fifth inning when the Hawks tied the score at three on a RBI single by Matt Godusky.
The Hoyas took an early 1-0 lead in the first game of the doubleheader. St. Joe's then went on top 2-1 in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Jereme Scott and a two-out RBI double by Jeremy Jakubowski. GU regained the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI triple and a sacrifice fly.
The Hawks Bob Unkel made his second straight strong start, tossing five innings of three-run five hit ball, but got a no decision. WIlliams followed and allowed just two hits in 3.2 innings of work but suffered the defeat. Georgetown sophomore Michael Gaggioli pitched well in the start for the Hoyas, allowing only three runs on eight hits over seven innings. Three Georgetown relievers combined for two hitless innings after Gaggioli's departure, concluded by sophomore Daniel Kennedy who went the final inning and a third for his first win of the season.
In the bottom of the second inning of game two, the Hoyas again took an early 1-0 lead. Georgetown added to their lead in the bottom of the third with three runs to go up 4-0.
SJU got on the board in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Mike Gentile, but the Hoyas would widen their advantage to 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of RBI doubles.
The Hawks would bounce right back to score three in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 6-4. Jeremy Jakubowski led off the inning with a home run to left field and later added two more on a pair of RBI singles by Matt Godusky and Gentile.
The Hawks return to Shirley Povich Field tomorrow for the finale of the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.