March 18, 2006
NORRISTOWN, PA - Six different Hawks had at least two hits and Saint Joseph's (6-14) scored in double figures for the second straight day to defeat Long Island (1-8-1), 11-6, at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Sophomore Mike Blahusch led the attack going 3-4 with two runs and two RBI. Don Werner tossed six innings to collect the victory.
SJU opened the scoring with two runs each in the third and fourth frames. Junior Adriano Petrutz smacked a two-tun double in the third to give the Hawks the early lead. The Crimson and Gray then loaded the bases in the fourth with nobody out, but could only muster runs on a sacrifice fly by junior Mike Gentile and a ground ball by Chris Hildreth.
LIU made things interesting scoring four times in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Dan Pirillo doubled to start things and Sean Durkin was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners along and then Rob Rowen delivered a two-run single. Orlando Cruz proceeded to knot the game at 4-4 with a two-run home run to rightfield.
SJU, however, would regain command of the contest answering with four runs in the home half of the inning. Gentile started the inning with a triple and Jereme Scott folowed with an RBI double. After a flyout, sophomore Tim Smith dropped a double down the rightfield line. LIU replaced starting pitcher Richard Moran with Ryan Ekberg and he was greeted by an RBI single by Blahusch to make it 6-4. Blahush stole second base and then with two down, junior Matt Godusky smoked a two-run double to left centerfield to put the Hawks up for good, 8-4.
SJU added two more runs in teh seventh and the Blackbirds plated a pair in the eighth, before the Hawks closed out the scoring with a single run in the bottom of teh eighth.
Werner (2-2) went six solid innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He struckout four and did not walk a batter. Jeff Williams worked teh final three innings to collect the save. Moran (0-3) suffered the setback for LIU, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on nine hits.
SJU returns to the diamond on Sunday against St. Peter's. The