Feb. 23, 2008
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team kicked off its 2008 season with a doubleheader against the William and Mary Tribe on Saturday afternoon. Despite three hit and three RBIs from sophomore Dewey Oriente, the Hawks dropped game one by a 9-4 score. In the nightcap, a three-run fifth inning powered the Tribe to a 6-3 win.
Senior centerfielder Jeremy Jakubowski led off the first game with a single, and scored when second baseman Mike Blahusch doubled. The Hawks held the lead until the fourth inning, when William and Mary scored twice. The Tribe tacked on three runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-1.
Oriente's bases-loaded single in the sixth brought the Hawks back within two, but William and Mary added another tally in the bottom of the frame to push the lead to 6-3. SJU scored again on another Oriente single in the eighth, but the Tribe put the game away with a three-spot in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore lefthander Randy Mower (0-1) took the loss, ceding five runs in four-plus innings of work. Pete Vernon (1-0) notched the win for the Tribe.
In the second game, Jakubowski started off the scoring in the first inning once again, scoring on an RBI single by sophomore Drew Smith. Senior Chris Cashman reached on an error and scored on a double play in the top of the third to give SJU a 2-0 lead. After the Tribe cut the deficit in half in the fourth, Blahusch drew a two-out walk in the fifth and scored on a Jakubowski single to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead.
However, the William and Mary bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth, as the Tribe plated three runs in the inning against Justin Trudell (0-1). Two more runs in the sixth inning set the final margin of victory.
Redshirt junior Jason Hessler, who missed all of last season with a torn labrum, pitched four innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out two.
The Hawks return to action with another doubleheader against the Tribe on Sunday. First pitch is slated for noon.