May 6, 2006
NORRISTOWN, PA - Timely hitting and defensive plays helped Duquesne (15-29, 9-11 A-10) edge Saint Joseph's (16-32, 8-12 A-10) for the second straight afternoon in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, 8-7. Five different Hawks had two hits apiece.
The Hawks took the early lead in the ballgame with a run in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Adriano Petrutz tripled off the wall in right center and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Godusky.
The Dukes struck back with three runs in the second inning. A double led off the frame and then an error by the shortstop put a runner aboard and tied the game. Consecutive singles and a fielder's choice would then plate two more runs.
SJU regained the advantage, 4-1, and answered DU with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. A double, single and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. SJU then plated run in three succesive at bats on a sacrifice flay, a fielder's choice and a suicide squeeze bunt executed by Tim Smith.
Duquesne went on top again with two more runs in the third inning. A two-run double by Eric Morrison down the leftfield line served as the bigh blow.
The top of the order set the table for SJU again in the fifth as SJU pushed a run across to tie the game at 5-5. Smith led off the inning with a single and Petrutz doubled to start things off, but SJU could only score one run on a sacrifice fly.
DU took the lead for good in the sixth as a Saint Joseph's error opened the door for two more runs and chased Hawks' starter Jason Hessler. Tke Dukes then added insurance with a single run in the seventh inning for an 8-5 lead.
St. Joe's got back within one, 8-7 with two runs int the bottom of the seventh inning, despite only one base hit.
SJU threatened to tie the game in the eighth and ninth innings, getting the lead-off runner aboard in each frame, but were unable to manufacture a run and fell, 8-7.
DU's Adam Haun (3-6) went 7.0 innings, allowing seven runs on 10 hits to earn the victory. Nick Jones tossed the final two innings, walking a pair and allowing a base hit, but earned the save. Hessler (3-7) surrendered seven runs (five earned) in five innings. Chris Prescott worked the final four innings for SJU giving up just one run on two hits.
The two teams will conclude their three game series on Sunday at noon.