May 11, 2008
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - St. Bonaventure jumped ahead early and held on for a 15-11 victory over the Saint Joseph's baseball team on Sunday afternoon, winning the rubber game of the weekend series. SBU's Michael Proctor pitched seven innings for the win.
Sunday was also Senior Day, as Saint Joseph's honored its departing seniors in a pre-game ceremony for their four years of service to the team and the university.
St. Bonaventure (26-21, 13-11 Atlantic 10) scored five runs in the top of the first to jump out to a big early lead. Four hits and two Hawk errors allowed the Bonnies to tally the runs, three of them unearned.
Saint Joseph's (17-31, 8-16 Atlantic 10) was held scoreless until the bottom of the fourth, when the Hawk bats came alive for four runs. After a one-out triple by Jeremy Jakubowski, David Valesente brought in SJU's first run with a single down the right field line. Chris Hildreth then hit a line drive off Proctor's leg to put two on with one out. A double to left center by Jereme Scott plated both runners and cut the deficit to two before a failed pickoff attempt moved him to third. A Kenny Pustizzi sacrifice fly made it a 5-4 game after four frames.
The Bonnies came back with one in the fifth and two in the sixth to extend the lead. A pair of fielding errors and an RBI single by Josh Sova brought the runs across to push the margin to 8-4.
SBU added four more runs on five hits in the top of the eighth and three runs on two hits and an error in the ninth to effectively seal the victory.
The runs would turn out to be crucial insurance tallies as the Hawks batted around in the ninth and scored seven times against the St. Bonaventure bullpen. With one out, Pustizzi singled through the left side and Tim Smith drew a walk. A Chris Cashman single loaded the bases for pinch hitter Tom Dennen, who drove in his first career run with a single to right field. A bases-loaded walk to Dewey Oriente scored Smith and cut the lead to 15-6. Jakubowski then hit a rocket off of the third baseman and into left field, scoring two runs. A double down the left field line by Valesente plated two more runs. Valesente advanced to third on a groundout and came around to score when pinch hitter Ben Wendle reached on an error. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, SBU's Cael Johnson struck out pinch hitter Matt Barnathan two batters later to end the game.
The middle of the Hawk order was on fire Sunday, as Jakubowski, Valesente, and Hildreth combined to go 7-for-12 with five RBIs and five runs scored.
SJU will play its home finale on Tuesday afternoon against NJIT. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.