March 31, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - A ninth-inning single by senior first baseman Mike Gentile brought home the winning run as the Saint Joseph's baseball team recorded its first home win of the season, taking down the Dayton Flyers by a score of 3-2. Freshman lefthander Randall Mower pitched eight strong innings, surrendering two runs, one earned, on just four hits while striking out seven and walking one. Junior southpaw Mark Imbo pitched the ninth inning and earned the win, moving to 1-2 on the season.
Saint Joseph's (4-18, 2-3 Atlantic 10) got on the board first in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Tim Smith singled with one out, followed by a double from classmate Mike Blahusch. Two batters later, junior Jeremy Jakubowski ripped a grounder up the middle that plated the runners and put the Hawks on top, 2-0.
Dayton (9-15, 1-4 Atlantic 10) cut the deficit in half in the fourth when designated hitter Jeff Mercer scored on a fielding error. Mower then settled into a groove, retiring the next nine batters he faced to take a 2-1 into the eighth. The Flyers managed to tie the game on a two-out single to left field by catcher Scott Dunwoody.
With the score at 2-2, Jakubowski led off the bottom of the ninth with an infield single off the glove of Dayton pitcher Quinn Haselhorst (1-1). Senior Adriano Petrutz sacrificed Jakubowski over to second, setting up Gentile's game-winning RBI single.
The teams will face off in the rubber game of the series on Sunday at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Because of expected rainstorms, first pitch has been moved up to 11:00 AM.