April 30, 2006
RICHMOND, VA - An eight-run fourth inning explosion broke open a tie ball game and carried Richmond (18-26, 9-9 A-10) to a 12-1 victory in seven innings over Saint Joseph's (16-30, 8-10 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Pitt Field. Junior Mike Gentile went 2-2 to lead SJU.
The Spiders turned up the offensive dial Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a solo home run.
SJU, however manufactured a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game. With one out, Gentile walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on a ground ball by Matt Godusky and then scored on an RBI single by Ben Wendle.
The complexion of the game turned quickly in the home half of the fourth inning which saw 14 Richmond hitters come to the plate. The Spiders loaded the bases with one out, before a perfect sacrifice-squeeze bunt gave them the lead back. A fielder's choice plated another run courtesy of an errant throw to the plate. A walk forced in another run and kept the bases loaded for sophomore Joe Mahoney, who cracked a grand slam to rightfield. UR would add another run in teh inning to make it 9-1.
The Spiders added to their eight-run lead in the sixth thanks to an RBI double and a two-run home run.
The game was ended after the seventh inning due to the A-10 Conference's 10-run scoring rule after seven innings.
The Spiders' next contest will come next weekend when they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for a three-game series against La Salle. First pitch Friday, May 5, is slated for 3 p.m., while the final two games in the series will start at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.
Junior Jeff Williams (2-60 was roughed up for eight runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings to suffer the defeat. UR'S Ian Marshall went the distance allowing one run on seven hits to improve to 3-2.
SJU returns to action against Duquesne at Latshaw-McCarthy Field on May 5.