April 10, 2011
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped both ends of Sunday afternoon's doubleheader against defending Atlantic 10 regular season champion Charlotte, falling in game one, 11-0, before succumbing to the 49er bats in the nightcap, 11-1.
In the opener, it was a tale of two contests as a scoreless first four innings gave way to an 11-run deluge by the 49ers as Charlotte took game one, 11-0.
Saint Joseph's (11-20, 3-6 Atlantic 10) posed the first scoring threat of the game, putting runners on second and third with one out in the fourth, but third baseman Shane Basen threw out Greg Kumpel at the plate before a strikeout ended the inning.
Charlotte (26-6, 8-1 Atlantic 10) drew first blood in the fifth as a walk, a stolen base, and a wild pitch put Cory Tilton on third base with one away for Miguel Rodriguez, whose RBI single put the 49ers on top.
The 49ers scored a pair of two-out runs in the top of the sixth as Kevin Gillespie ripped a double to the wall in right to score Basen and Corey Shaylor and push Charlotte's lead to three at 3-0.
The visitors broke the game open in the seventh, plating five runs on four hits and a pair of walks to put the margin at eight.
Rodriguez hit an RBI triple in the eighth and came in to score on a groundout by J.J. Elseser as the 49ers pushed their tally into double digits.
A wild pitch in the top of the ninth allowed Justin Seager to score the game's final run.
Corey Roberts (7-0) got the win for the 49ers, going seven innings and scattering six hits. Chad Simendinger gave the Hawks six and two-thirds innings of solid work, allowing three runs on just four hits while striking out seven and walking two.
In the second game, it was all 49ers right from the get-go as Charlotte scored 10 runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to lock up the sweep of both the Twinbill and the series.
Tilton got the scoring started in the second game as well, this time with his bat as an RBI single scored Shaylor with the game's first run in the top of the second inning. After a failed pickoff left runners on second and third, a sacrifice fly by J.J. Elseser doubled the Charlotte lead to 2-0.
The 49ers added three in the third on a pair of hits, and error, and a wild pitch to extend the margin to five.
A Justin Wilson sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth closed out the scoring.
A.J. Holland (1-5) took the loss for Saint Joseph's, allowing seven runs, five earned, on five hits and four walks. Tyler Barnette improved to 4-0 on the year for the 49ers, tossing five innings of two-hit, one-run ball.
Saint Joseph's returns to the diamond on Tuesday as the Hawks head to Lehigh to make up a previously postponed contest. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.