May 15, 2009
CAMDEN, N.J. - A two-out grand slam in the top of the ninth by Andrew Haberern gave George Washington a 4-2 victory over Saint Joseph's on Friday afternoon in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Campbell's Field. The Senior Day contest was a pitcher's duel as SJU's Randy Mower and GW's Pat Lehman combined for 16 innings pitched and just two runs against.
Saint Joseph's (16-29-1, 9-16 Atlantic 10) scored a run in the bottom of the third on a fielder's choice by Dewey Oriente. With the bases loaded and one out, Oriente beat out the throw from second, allowing Evan Spano to score the first run of the game.
George Washington (21-33, 10-15 Atlantic 10) mounted its first threat of the game in the top of the eighth as the Colonials put runners on the corners with one out. Justin Trudell worked his way out of the jam by inducing a lineout double play as Will Cooper's line drive was snagged by Cook, who relayed to Ryan McDonald at first just in time to double up the runner and end the inning.
Chris Hildreth (1-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth on three pitches before the Colonials put runners on first and third once again on a hit batsman and a single down the left field line. After another hit batsman, Haberern took a 2-2 pitch from Hildreth over the wall in left center to give George Washington the lead.
Lehman (7-4) finished off his sixth complete game of the season in the ninth. He scattered eight hits while allowing two runs and striking out four without walking a batter.
Mower was stellar, retiring 14 straight between the third and seventh innings and 15 of the final 16 hitters he faced. His final line for seven innings showed three hits and six strikeouts without a walk or a run scored.
Before today's game, Saint Joseph's honored its nine departing seniors - Hildreth, Spano, Trudell, Mike Blahusch, Mike Gers, Chris Prescott, Phil Pursino, Ben Wendle and student assistant coach Jon Dijamco - in a pregame ceremony.
The teams will conclude the series and their seasons Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Campbell's Field. An alumni event will occur during the game and all Saint Joseph's baseball alums are encouraged to attend. For those who cannot make it out to the game, live stats will be available through Gametracker at SJUHawks.com.
Photos from today's contest can be viewed at www.sidephotos.com.