April 9, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On a cold and windy day in Pittsburgh, the Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped its series opener at Duquesne, 10-5, on Friday afternoon at Duquesne Field. Sophomore Brett Tiagwad led the Hawks with three hits while senior Dewey Oriente hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning for SJU.
Duquesne (6-22 overall, 3-4 Atlantic 10) got the scoring started in the bottom of the second as Matt Carson hit a two-out, three-run home run to give the Dukes an early 3-0 advantage. Derek Lefever singled home Rick Devereaux in the bottom of the third to extend the DU lead to four.
The Dukes added to the lead in the fifth. After starter Dominic Favazza struck out the first two batters on called third strikes, Lefever beat out an infield single. After stealing second, he came around to score on a double by Anthony DeFabio, who would score when the next batter, Chris Kimmeth, singled to left.
Duquesne's Robert Corsi kept the Saint Joseph's (9-14 overall, 4-3 Atlantic 10) hitters off balance early, allowing just one hit over the first four innings while striking out four. However, the Hawks broke through in the sixth against Paul Bugajski as Tiagwad led off with a single and scored on Oriente's blast, getting the Hawks on the board for the first time.
Bugajski then gave up a double to David Valesente before issuing back-to-back walks to Kevin Taylor and Ryan McDonald to load the bases with nobody out. Grant Gillespie came on for the Dukes and recorded two strikeouts and a fly out, but also issued a free pass to Drew Smith to get the Hawks within three, 6-3.
Oriente then doubled with one out in the seventh and came around to score on a single by McDonald, cutting the deficit to two.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Dukes padded the lead after a balk by Bryan Penalo scored Carson from third. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, DeFabio was hit by a pitch to score pinch runner Jackson Boyd and restore the four-run margin. Kimmeth then drew a walk, plating Mark Tracy, before Joe Lombardo drew a free pass of his own two batters later to score the fourth run of the frame.
Lombardo then took to the mound for the top of the ninth. With two outs and runners on the corners, Smith singled home Valesente with the game's final run before Lombardo was able to close the door.
The teams will play the second game of the series Saturday at 2:00 p.m.