April 13, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost to La Salle on Friday afternoon by the score of 6-5. La Salle took an early 3-0 lead and while SJU scored two in the eighth, the Hawks could not complete the comeback. Senior Matt Godusky hit his first homerun of the season in the fourth inning.
La Salle (12-16, 4-6 Atlantic 10) jumped on starter Adam Rivera in the first inning, scoring three runs on four hits, including a two-run homerun by second baseman John Rickards, the reigning Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week. SJU got one back in the bottom of the second when Godusky was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Kenny Pustizzi. The Explorers scored twice in the top half of the fourth on a double by centerfielder John Malloy and a single by third baseman Justin Handler. Godusky's titanic homerun to straightaway center in the fourth brought the Hawks back within three.
Saint Joseph's (5-24, 2-8 Atlantic 10) closed the deficit further in the fifth when a single by freshman David Valesente scored Pustizzi. La Salle came back with another tally in the seventh, scoring an unearned run off of reliever Don Werner.
The Hawks showed some life in the eighth when pinch hitter Mike Blahusch drew a walk and then scored on a double by Valesente. La Salle then brought in closer Gerard Breslin, who gave up an RBI single to senior Mike Gentile before retiring Godusky on a fly ball to end the inning. He then pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Dan Waters worked 7.1 innings for La Salle to notch the win. Rivera took the loss, falling to 1-4.
The series continues on Saturday with a doubleheader at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The game previously scheduled for Sunday was moved up to Saturday because of the storm expected to move through the Philadelphia area. First pitch for game one is slated for noon.