March 10, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team concluded its road trip on Wednesday afternoon, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to the University of Arizona. The Hawks fell in game one, 17-3, before losing the second game, 12-2, at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
In the first game, the Wildcats pounced early, scoring nine times in the first two innings on their way to a 17-3 victory.
Saint Joseph's (1-8) got on the board in the top of the first inning when Joe Cook singled and advanced to second on an error. Three batters later, a two-out single by Drew Smith gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
It would be short-lived, however, as Arizona (8-4) stormed back for four in the first and five in the second to go ahead, 9-1.
SJU scored a run in the third as Smith's second RBI single in as many at bats scored Cook once again.
The Wildcats would answer with three in the fourth and one in the fifth before the Hawks plated one in the sixth to cut the lead to 13-3. Freshman Quinn Renner laced a single up the middle to score senior Brian Hartsell, who had doubled earlier.
UA scored one in the seventh and three in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Freshman Kyle Mullen got the start and took the loss, giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Vincent Littleman got the win for Arizona.
Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a single by Jett Bandy and a sacrifice fly by Seth Mejias-Brean. The Hawks plated a singleton in the second as Valesente led off the frame with a double and came around to score on a double by Kevin Taylor.
The Wildcats scored single runs off of Mower in the third and fourth innings before tagging the Hawk bullpen for six in the fifth. UA added two more in the seventh as well.
In the top of the ninth, Hartsell drew a one-out walk and eventually came around to score the final run of the game on a two-out single by Mike Coleman.
Mower gave up four runs on eight hits over four innings to take the loss and fall to 0-3. The start was the 46th of his career, tying the Saint Joseph's record set by Jed Johnson. He is also 42 innings and five victories shy of the school records in those categories as well.
Bryce Bandilla worked three innings of scoreless ball for the win. He improves to 2-1.
The Hawks return home for a 16-game homestand beginning on Friday at noon at Campbell's Field. The Hawks will face Northeastern on Friday, Cornell on Saturday, and Hofstra on Sunday. Gametracker and live streaming audio are available free of charge at www.sjuhawks.com.