May 10, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team fell to Charlotte on Sunday afternoon by the score of 9-6. Charlotte scored seven runs in the bottom of the first and while SJU chipped away over the course of the next three innings, the Hawks were not able to complete the comeback. Dewey Oriente and Mike Plakis hit home runs in the game for the Crimson and Gray.
After the Hawks scored 10 runs in an inning on Saturday afternoon, Charlotte (30-19, 14-10 Atlantic 10) returned the favor right away, plating seven runs in the first inning. A.J. Holland (2-5) issued a leadoff walk to Shane Brown before inducing a fielder's choice. Zane Williams followed with a triple to score the first run of the game and then came in to score himself on a wild pitch. After a trio of singles scored another run, a walk, a double and another single allowed four more runs to cross the plate. That was the end of the day for Holland, who was replaced by Adam Rivera. Rivera retired the next two hitters to end the frame.
Saint Joseph's (15-28-1, 8-15 Atlantic 10) answered in the second with a pair of runs. Brian Hartsell singled to start things off with a single, but was forced out on a fielder's choice grounder by Ryan McDonald. A hit batsman and a single loaded the bases for Mike Coleman, who drove in SJU's first run the hard way when he was hit by a pitch. Plakis then grounded out to score Phil Pursino with the second run of the inning.
David Valesente started off the second with a single before Oriente's blast to right got the Hawks back within three at 7-4. An infield single by Coleman with one out in the fourth was followed by Plakis' third home run of the series, getting SJU to with a single run.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, they would get no closer as Williams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to restore the three-run cushion with what would prove to be the final runs of the game. Charlotte reliever Tim Lysaught (3-0) worked 5.1 innings after SJU chased starter Kelly McLain in the fourth and held the Hawks to just two hits while walking none and striking out five. He retired 11 of the last 12 hitters he faced to cement the victory.
For the Hawks, Rivera went 4.2 innings in a long relief role, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out two. Four other SJU pitchers combined to hold the 49ers at bay over the last four frames.
The Hawks will return to the Philadelphia area for their final three games of the season beginning on Thursday. SJU will host George Washington for a three-game slate at Campbell's Field in Camden, N.J. Game time for the series opener is set for 11:00 a.m. Live stats and streaming audio will be available at SJUHawks.com.