May 5, 2007
ST. LOUIS, MO - A five-run seventh inning in the opener and a three-run fifth in the second game gave the Saint Louis University Billikens a doubleheader sweep of the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Saturday afternoon. SLU took game one 6-4 after a grand slam in the seventh inning erased a Hawk lead. In the second half of the twinbill, the Billikens came from behind again to record a 5-3 victory.
Saint Joseph's (7-35, 4-16 Atlantic 10) took a first-inning lead in game one, scoring two runs in the first frame. Sophomore Ben Wendle hit into a fielder's choice, allowing senior Adriano Petrutz to score. Freshman catcher Drew Smith then singled in classmate David Valesente to give SJU a quick 2-0 lead. Saint Louis cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning, scoring on an RBI single by third baseman Casey Moore. The score remained 2-1 until the top of the sixth, when junior Chris Hildreth hit an infield single and eventually came around to score on a throwing error by Moore.
The lead would not last, however, as Saint Louis (13-33, 8-12 Atlantic 10) scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, chasing senior starter Jeff Williams after 6.2 innings. A hit batsman, a single, and two walks led to Williams being replaced with the bases loaded by freshman Adam Rivera. Leftfielder Blake Bratcher then hit a grand slam home run to put the Billikens ahead to stay. SJU added a final tally on an RBI single by junior Jeremy Jakubowski.
Williams (1-6) took the loss, surrendering five runs, six hits, and six walks while hitting three batters on the day. SLU's Dan Cowsert got the win in relief, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings to improve to 1-1. Ryan Bird recorded his first save of the season.
In the nightcap, the Billikens got on the board first when centerfielder Ryan Crespi stole third and scored on a throwing error in the first inning. SJU equalized in the third when Petrutz hit an RBI single to score junior Tim Smith. The Hawks took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Valesente and an RBI double by Wendle with two outs.
The lead was short-lived, as Saint Louis roared back in the bottom half of the frame with three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Moore's two-out double plated all three runs, giving the Billikens a lead they would not relinquish. SLU tacked a fifth run on the board in the sixth on a single by J.D. Dunn.
Freshman lefthander Randall Mower pitched 5.2 innings for the Hawks, allowing five runs and nine hits. Mower struck out two and walked one, and falls to 3-4 on the season. Classmate Pat Monaghan pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. Saint Louis' Eric Rohr pitched a complete game to earn the win and improve to 5-4 on the year. Rohr gave up just one earned run while scattering eight hits and striking out five.
The teams will conclude the three-game set on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Eastern.