March 27, 2009
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team got a strong start from Dominic Favazza but it was not enough as the Hawks suffered their first conference loss of the season, falling to St. Bonaventure, 7-2, at Campbell's Field in Camden, N.J.
St. Bonaventure (9-7, 1-3 Atlantic 10) scored four runs in the top of the third on three hits. After RBI singles by Jesse Bosnik and Anthony Randich, a two-out dropped fly ball by shortstop Joe Cook led to two more runs to put SBU ahead, 4-0.
Saint Joseph's (8-12-1, 3-1 Atlantic 10) got one back in the bottom of the frame as Matt Barnathan hit an RBI groundout to score Mike Plakis. That scene repeated itself in the fifth inning as the Hawks cut the lead to 4-2 on another groundout.
The Bonnies added singletons in the seventh and eighth innings on a single by Nick Cunliffe and a sacrifice fly by Brad Steinbach.
SJU looked to threaten in the bottom of the seventh as Plakis and Cook once again reached base, standing on first and second with one out. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Barnathan grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Bosnik added an RBI single in the ninth to extend the lead to five and set the final margin at 7-2.
Dominic Favazza (1-2) pitched into the seventh inning, scattering five hits and ceding five runs, three of them earned. He walked just two batters, striking two out as well.
Cael Johnson (3-0) was spectacular for SBU, allowing just five hits and two runs while going the distance for his first complete game of the season. He struck out seven Hawks against four walks.
The two teams will return to Campbell's Field Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in an attempt to play a doubleheader in advance of inclement weather that is moving into the area. This is a change from the previously scheduled noon starts on Saturday and Sunday. Live stats and live audio will be available at SJUHawks.com.