March 21, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - For the second straight day, the Saint Joseph's baseball team saw the opposition put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth inning. This time, however, the Hawks were able to close out a victory, downing Marist, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Campbell's Field.
The Hawks held a four-run advantage heading into the final frame, but the Red Foxes plated a pair of runs on a single and a balk by Chad Simendinger, but with two outs and a full count, John Prano hit a foul ball into the SJU dugout that was pulled in by Brian Hartsell to end the game.
Saint Joseph's (3-10) scored first, pushing a run across in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Drew Smith.
Marist (9-8) went ahead, 4-1, in the top of the fourth. Prano ripped a two-out triple to the wall in center field to score the first two runs before a Rich Curylo single and a bloop triple down the right field line by Ryan Gauck gave the Red Foxes a three-run cushion and chased starter A.J. Holland from the game.
SJU took the lead back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth. After two quick outs, Mike Coleman ripped one of his four singles on the day right back up the middle. Brett Tiagwad followed with a walk before Dewey Oriente hit the first pitch he saw back up the box to score Coleman and cut the lead to two.
After a David Valesente walk loaded the bases, Kevin Taylor strode to the plate. He got in a quick 0-2 hole before working the count full. He then laced Chad Gallagher's 3-2 pitch into right field for a two-run single, tying the game and extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Hawks went ahead 5-4 when the very next hitter, Ryan Kemp, singled to left.
Saint Joseph's added two more in the seventh to pad the lead. A sacrifice fly by Valesente scored Tiagwad before Taylor came around on another RBI single by Kemp.
Tiagwad brought home a critical insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when he pushed a bunt past pitcher Sean McKeown that allowed Joe Cook to score and extend the lead to four, 8-4.
In the top of the ninth, a pair of singles, a strikeout, and a fielder's choice left runners on the corners with two away. A single to left by Matt Stuckey brought home a run and put runners on first and second.
With Prano at the plate, Simendinger was called for a balk to advance the runners to second and third. He was called for a second balk during the same at bat, scoring Ben Luderer to slice the margin to two. However, Marist would get no closer as Prano's foul ball was caught by the outstretched arm of Hartsell, who held on for the final out.
Quentin Farr threw an inning and two-thirds, allowing just one hit and one base on balls to earn the win and improve to 2-0. Gallagher took the loss; he ceded five runs, four of them earned, on six hits. He also allowed two walks and recorded one strikeout over his four and two-thirds innings. He drops to 1-1.
Holland was charged with four unearned runs and seven hits in his three and two-thirds, allowing one walk to go along with a strikeout. Bryan Penalo was effective in relief, retiring five of the six hitters he faced, dropping his team-best earned run average to 1.69 on the season.
Saint Joseph's begins a home-and-home series with Saint Peter's on Tuesday afternoon in Jersey City, N.J. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.