March 17, 2006
NORRISTOWN - A two-out four-run eighth inning rally snapped a 7-7 tie and powered Saint Joseph's (5-14) to an 11-7 victory over St. Francis-NY (1-4) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Senior Dustin Onulak led a 14-hit Hawk attack with three his and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
The Terriers tied the game at seven with two runs in the seventh, but SJU took command with four runs in the home half of the eighth inning to seize the win. Onulak got things started with a lead-off single to center field. He then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Jereme Scott and moved to third base on an infield single by Jeremy Jakubowski with two away. He scored the winning run on a wild pitch by SFC reliever Pete Doherty. SJU kept things going when Tim Smith walked and SJU added another run when the catcher threw the ball into centerfield on a double steal. Smith came across with the inning's third run on a RBI single by Mike Blahusch. Blahush later scored on a single by Adriano Petrutz to close out the scoring.
Bob Unkel got the start for SJU and pitched into teh seventh, allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struckout four and walked just one. Mark Imbo (2-0) picked up the win in relief, tossing two innings on one run ball. Jeff Williams closed things out by hurling the ninth.
Doherty (0-1) suffered the loss in relief.
The game went back and fourth early. St. Francis scored an unearned run in the first but SJU responded with two in the second. The Terriers then added three runs to take a 4-2 lead in the third, before SJU added two more to knot the game at 4-4. A single run in the fifth made the score 5-4 St. Francis. SJU then tallied three times in the sixth inning.
In addition to Onulak, Blahush, Scott, Jakubowski and junior Kevin Walsh each had two hits each.
The game was played as part of teh 2006 Villanova Baseball Bash. SJU will host St. Peter's on Saturday and Long Island on Sunday at noon.