April 9, 2008
NEWARK, N.J. - Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Saint Joseph's baseball team scored 11 runs in the top of third inning on its way to a resounding 14-5 victory on Wednesday at Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J.
Freshman Bryan Penalo earned his first career win in his first start. He went five innings, giving up just one run on three hits, and struck out six.
NJIT (2-23) scored that run in the bottom of the first on a walk, a stolen base, and a single.
Saint Joseph's (12-19) sent 16 hitters to the plate in the third inning. The first, sophomore Dewey Oriente, led off with a double to right center and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Joe Cook walked and stole second to put two runners in scoring position with no out. A walk by Jereme Scott loaded the bases for Mike Coleman, who reached on an error to bring in the tying run. Hot-hitting sophomore Brian Hartsell then extended his hitting streak to eight games by smashing a two-run double to left center to put SJU ahead 3-1.
After Drew Smith was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases, David Valesente hit a single to left to plate two more runs. A wild pitch and a walk to Ryan McDonald left the bases loaded once again for senior Chris Hildreth, who knocked in a run with a single of his own. Oriente then singled to center, scoring two more runs and giving SJU an 8-1 lead.
Cook then walked for the second time in the inning, and with the bases once again loaded, Scott and Coleman flied out. Hildreth came in to score on Coleman's sacrifice fly, making it 9-1 with two outs. An error by the catcher and an RBI single by Hartsell closed out the scoring for SJU in the third.
A sacrifice fly by Cook in the fourth put the Hawks up 12-1. Two more runs in the bottom of the fifth would be the end of the scoring for SJU on the day. Smith doubled home Coleman, who had led off with a single, and a McDonald single scored Hartsell with SJU's final run.
The Highlanders managed an RBI single in the sixth and then a two-run double and another RBI single in the eighth to set the final margin.
The Hawks return to conference play this weekend, putting their three-game winning streak on the line at Dayton. First pitch for Friday's series opener is 3:00 p.m.