March 29, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - An early 3-0 deficit was not enough to slow Saint Joseph's (10-18) after the Hawks exploded for 12 runs in the fourth inning to key a 20-9 rout of Penn (6-14) in Philadelphia Diamond Five action at Meiklejohn Stadium. All nine Hawk starters had at least one hit, as SJU posted its highest run total since 2001.
The Quakers went up early scoring three times in the first two frames. Penn tallied on a two-run single in the first inning and added an unearned run on an error by shortstop Chris Cashman in the second against SJU starter Justin Trudell.
The Hawks rallied back in the fourth inning sending 16 men to the plate and scoring 12 runs, the most since SJU plated 11 in a frame against Coppin State in 2001. Penn's third pitcher of the afternoon, Kenny Yoo struggled, walking two and hitting a batter before the first Hawks run crossed the plate on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder. That opened the flood gates for the Crimson and Gray, as they reeled off hit after hit on Quaker pitching, including two-run singles by Jereme Scott and Cashman and a two-run double by Jeremy Jakubowski. In total, the Hawks scored 12 runs on eight hits in the frame to take a 12-3 lead.
Saint Joseph's wouldn't be finished, though, as they added eight more runs in the next four innings, with only three of the runs earned - Penn committed seven errors for the game.
The Quakers managed six more runs, but the Hawks kept the game out of reach.
It was a game of big numbers for both teams, as they combined for 29 runs, 30 hits, 11 errors and 13 total pitchers used.
The Hawks' Joel Grimshaw (1-1) was credited with his first collegiate win after going 3 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on six hits. Scott went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored while Mike Blahusch added three hits and three RBIs for Saint Joseph's.
Yoo (0-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on one hit with two walks in five batters faced.
Next up, SJU travels to La Salle for a three-game Atlantic set beginning on Friday.