March 15, 2008
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team opened the home portion of its 2008 schedule on Saturday afternoon by sweeping the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in a doubleheader, earning 11-3 and 4-0 victories. The Hawks have now won three straight games after a five-gave skid.
In game one, Saint Joseph's (5-10) scored in each of the first four innings on the way to a resounding 11-3 victory. Jason Hessler was strong in his six innings of work, earning his first win of the season. Hessler allowed three runs, all of them unearned, while scattering six hits, walking one, and striking out eight.
UMES (0-17) used two singles and a throwing error to take a quick 1-0 lead in the first. However, Saint Joseph's scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to go up by one.
With two outs and Joe Cook on second, Dewey Oriente laced a single through the right side to drive in the first run for the Hawks. Mike Boyland then sent a 1-0 pitch into the gap in right center for an RBI triple to put SJU ahead, 2-1.
The Hawks extended the lead in the second as two errors, four stolen bases, a groundout, and a wild pitch allowed the Hawks to plate three runs without recording a hit.
UMES scored two runs in the third on an RBI double and a groundout.
The fourth inning saw Saint Joseph's plate the final four runs of the game. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Oriente hit into a fielders choice to bring home Jeremy Jakubowski. Oriente and Cook then executed a double steal to push the lead to six. A bases-loaded walk by Valesente and an RBI single off of the pitcher's leg by Jereme Scott set the final margin.
In game two, senior hurler Don Werner dazzled through seven-and-a-third innings as the Hawks earned the doubleheader sweep with a 4-0 win.
The lead was doubled once again after UMES starter Ken Richardson wore down in the sixth. With the bases full of Hawks, Coleman was hit by a pitch and Hartsell hit a grounder deep in the hole for an infield single and his second RBI to make it a 4-0 game.
Werner (2-1) was stellar, allowing just three hits while striking out seven, including six in a row in the middle innings. Mark Dolaghan notched his first save of the season, working one-and-two-thirds innings.
SJU will face Saint Peter's tomorrow afternoon. The game, tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m., will be played at La Salle's Hank DeVincent Field shortly after the conclusion of the contest between La Salle and Saint Peter's.