April 2, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon, falling to Penn by scores of 6-2 and 16-5. Both were seven-inning games.
In game one, Penn (9-9-1) had a three-run second inning and a three-run fourth inning on its way to a 6-2 victory.
The Quakers took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an error and an RBI triple. Penn went up by six in the fourth on a solo home run by Tom Grandieri and a two-run shot by Steve Gable. Both came off of Hawk starter Jason Hessler (1-3).
Saint Joseph's (9-18) got one back in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Dewey Oriente that brought home Ben Wendle. SJU closed the gap to four in the seventh on a home run by Jeremy Jakubowski, but could get no closer.
In the second half of the twinbill, the Quakers pounded out 14 hits and the Hawks committed four errors as Penn won, 16-5.
Penn scored two runs in each of the first three innings. SJU tallied one in the second on an RBI groundout by Phil Pursino.
With the Quakers leading 6-1 in the fifth, the Hawks attempted to mount a rally, scoring twice. An RBI double by Brian Hartsell and a bases-loaded walk by Ken Pustizzi drove in the runs. Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Penn scored five times in the bottom half of the frame for an eight-run lead.
Another RBI double by Hartsell in the sixth made it an 11-4 game, but the Quakers posted another five-spot in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
Pursino had an RBI single in the seventh to set the final margin at 16-5.
Sophomore Randy Mower took the loss in game two to fall to 3-3. On the bright side, he was named the Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Week by CollegeBaseballHub.com for his efforts last Saturday against Temple.
The Hawks return to conference action on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. game against Fordham. The teams will also face off on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and on Sunday at noon.