April 1, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (11-19, 3-2 A-10) tallied four runs over the final two innings and loaded the bases in the ninth, but could not rally past La Salle (8-16,3-2 A-10) dropping the second game of a three-game Atlantic 10 set at Hank DeVincent Field, 8-6. Junior Matt Godusky homered to collect his 100th career hit and added three RBIs to lead SJU.
The Explorers scored their first run thanks to a little trickery. Leading off the fourth, Rich Prall drew a walk and Dennis Burge then faked a sacrifice bunt attempt. As Saint Joseph's moved into position to field the play, Burge pulled back and hit a grounder through the infield and legged out a double as Prall moved to third. Prall was then awarded home after Hawk starting pitcher Jeff Williams was called for a balk.
La Salle added two more runs in the fifth thanks to a single.
Saint Joseph's was hitless before a bloop single to center by Jereme Scott with one out in the fifth. With two out in the sixth, they finally got their first runs of the game, when Adriano Petrutz doubled and Godusky drove him in with his third home run of the season.
The Explorers looked like they put the game away after plating five runs in the seventh all with two outs.
Fielding miscues helped the Hawks score three runs in the top of the eighth to cut the Explorer lead to 8-5, and they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning after a leadoff error. Godusky made the game very interesting with his fly ball to right field. It came close to leaving the park, but instead of a grand slam, it was a sacrifice fly, which plated Chris Cashman, and the Explorers got the final out of the game to escape.
La Salle's Kenny Elkind, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Week after shutting out Dayton for six innings last week, threw seven innings and allowed just four hits and three runs, while striking out nine Hawks in winning his second straight start.
The teams will finish their three-game series Sunday at 1:00 PM.