March 5, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - Despite a ninth-inning rally, the Saint Joseph's baseball team could not overcome the host Rollins Tars and dropped this afternoon's "Baseball Week" contest by a 5-4 score. The result leaves the Hawks in third place, 2-2 in tournament play.
Rollins (13-5-1) took the lead in the top of the first, scoring twice on a double, a walk, and three straight singles through the infield.
The Hawks got one back in the bottom of the frame, as senior Jereme Scott singled to lead off the game for SJU. After a wild pitch moved Scott to second and a fly ball sent him to third, senior Jeremy Jakubowski beat out an infield single to drive in the run.
Rollins tacked on another run in the second on an RBI single by Corey Whiting.
The Tars extended the lead back to three on two-out singles by Whiting and Luker.
SJU threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but only added a single tally. Pursino led off with a single and was followed by freshman pinch hitter Brooks Miller, who singled as well. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Scott hit into a double play that scored a run but also left the bases empty with two outs.
The Hawks had one last-gasp effort in the ninth as Joe Cook led off with a double down the left field line. After a walk and an out on batter's interference, Rollins pitcher Michael Eppich threw his pickoff attempt into right field, allowing Cook to score and bring SJU back within one with the tying run just 90 feet away. However, the Rollins infield scooped up a pair of hard-hit balls to retire the side and come away with the victory.
For the Hawks, starter Dominic Favazza took the loss, going five-and-two-thirds innings and giving up five runs on 11 hits, with two walks and three strikeouts to fall to 0-1. Righthander Mark Dolaghan allowed just one hit in three-and-a-third innings to give the Hawks an opportunity to stay close.
Saint Joseph's will next face off against Holy Cross on Thursday at noon. Live stats will be available at RollinsSports.com.