May 9, 2006
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Rider (23-25) rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to spoil a Saint Joseph's (16-34) comeback and defeat the Hawks, 4-3, in midweek baseball action at Sonny Pittaro Field. Mike Blahusch and Tim Smith each had a couple of hits for SJU.
A nip-and-tuck game throughout, SJU rallied with single runs in the seventh and ninth innings to take the lead 3-2. In the seventh, St. Joe's manufactured a run to tie the game. Matt Godusky led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ben Wendle then collected an RBI when he reached on an error.
The Hawks tried to play small ball again in the ninth inning, when Mike Gentile singled to lead off the frame. Godusky's sacrifice bunt, however, turned into a fielder's choice when the pitcher was able to get the lead runner at second. Pat Santry then pinch ran for Godusky and scored the lead run when Greg Mason and Wendle delivered back-to-back singles. A couple of pop ups ended the threat.
In the home half of the frame, the Broncs struck for a pair of runs agaist SJU closer Mark Imbo (3-2) to secure the win. Imbo had loaded the bases in the eighth, but escaped un scathed. He was not as lucky in the ninth. Rider got a leadoff single to open the ninth inning and then sacrificed the runner along. Another single would put runners at the corners. After a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position, SJU issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Another walk proceeded to push across the tying run and a fielder's choice would plate the game winner.
Don Werner started the game and allowed two runs on six hits over four innings. SJU then got three shutout innings from Jeff William and Chris Prescott. Imbo tossed the final 1.2 innings allowing two runs on three hits and issuing four walks.
Rider grabbed the early lead in the ballgame scoring in the second inning, before the teams traded runs in the third inning.
Saint Joseph's travels to Amherst, Mass. over the weekend for a three-game set at Massachusetts.