April 26, 2009
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Sunday's series finale wasn't quite the offensive display of the first two games, but the end result was the same as the Saint Joseph's baseball team fell, 6-1, to the University of Rhode Island. The Rams secured a three-game sweep with today's win.
Rhode Island (29-13-1, 15-2 Atlantic 10) got things started in the top of the second, pushing a run across on a double by Mike LeBel that scored Jeff Cammans with two outs.
Saint Joseph's (14-22-1, 7-10 Atlantic 10) equalized in the third inning as David Valesente hit a grounder to LeBel at third, whose throw pulled Cammans off the bag at first, allowing Mike Coleman to score the tying run.
Dan Rhault hit a solo home run to right in top half of the fifth to put the Rams ahead, 2-1. A single by Cammans doubled the lead in the sixth before a throwing error by Valesente in the seventh would allow two more to score and put URI ahead by four, 5-1.
The Rams padded their lead in the top of the eighth, scoring on a double steal as Rob DeVeney slid under the tag of SJU catcher Drew Smith.
URI's Eric Smith threw six innings for the win, improving to 5-1. He allowed one run, an unearned run, on six hits, striking out seven against three walks. He also hit three batters on the day. A.J. Holland rebounded from his tough outing last Sunday to pitch six solid innings for the Hawks, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out two and walking five.
Valesente was 0-for-3 on the day, reaching on an error, to end his hitting streak at 19, one game shy of the school record of 20, set in 1983 by Neil Paternoster.
The Hawks will return to action on Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Newark, N.J. to take on NJIT. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.