Feb. 25, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped a pair of games to the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday afternoon at Christopher Newport University. The series, shortened to two games, was moved to Newport News, VA after the Hoyas' home field in Rockville, MD was declared unfit for play. The Hoyas took game one by a score of 10-2, and held off a late Hawk rally to win game two, 9-8.
In the first game, Saint Joseph's (0-8) jumped out to a second-inning lead, scoring two runs on an error by Georgetown right fielder Matt Iannetta. Those would be the only runs for SJU in game one, as the Hoyas (2-3) took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out, three-run home run by third baseman Joe Graziano. The Hoyas tacked on two in the second, four in the fourth, and one in the sixth to set the final score at 10-2. Earning the win for Georgetown was lefty Michael Gaggioli. Senior righthander Jeff Williams took the loss for the Hawks, falling to 0-2 on the season.
In the nightcap, freshman catcher Drew Smith went 4-for-5 with three RBI and his first career home run, but it wasn't enough to propel the Hawks to victory, as Georgetown withstood a late charge to hold on to a 9-8 win.
Saint Joseph's got on the board right away in the top of the first, but that lead came at a cost, as freshman infielder Joe Cook suffered an apparent shoulder injury when he was caught stealing for the second out of the inning. Sophomore Ben Wendle drew a walk to extend the frame, and then Drew Smith stroked his first collegiate home run over the right field fence. Juniors Jeremy Jakubowski and Jereme Scott followed with singles, and Jakubowski scored on an error by Georgetown right fielder Sean Baumann. The Hoyas cut the deficit to one in the bottom on the first, as senior Derek deGrijs singled in a run, then scored on Iannetta's RBI triple. Georgetown tied the game in the third and then took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a three-run home run by catcher Greg Pustizzi.
The Hawks came back to tie the game with two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Jakubowski and Scott once again hit back-to-back singles, both of which plated a run, to close the margin to one after five innings. In the sixth, the Hawks knotted the game after junior center fielder Tim Smith scored on a two-out wild pitch. The Hoyas took the lead again, 9-6, in the seventh inning. In the top of the eighth, SJU got one back as freshman third baseman Mike Boyland tripled and then scored on a fly out by junior second baseman Chris Hildreth.
With the score at 9-7, junior shortstop Chris Cashman reached on an error to lead off the top of the ninth. Cashman proceeded to steal second and then scored on a one-out single by Drew Smith. Georgetown closer Dan Kennedy then committed an error, allowing Jakubowski to reach base and putting runners on first and second with one out. However, Scott grounded into a game-ending double play to give the Hoyas the victory. Freshman southpaw Alex Meyer (1-0) earned the win in relief for Georgetown. Freshman Mark Dolaghan (0-1) was on the losing end for SJU, while Kennedy notched his first save of the season for the Hoyas.
Saint Joseph's returns to the diamond on Wednesday, February 28th as the Hawks take on the University of Delaware Blue Hens in Newark, DE. First pitch is slated for 2:30 PM.