March 19, 2006
NORRISTOWN, PA - Three pitchers combined for a school-record 17 strikeouts as Saint Joseph's (7-14) ran its winning streak to three games with a 12-1 victory over St. Peter's (3-11) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Hawk starter Jason Hessler earned the win after striking out 10 batters and not allowing an earned run in six innings of work. Sophomore Chris Cashman led the SJU attack with three hits and three RBI.
St. Joe's got things started quickly, stringing together four straight hits and scoring three times in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Mike Blahusch singled through the right side and Adriano Petrutz followed with a single to centerfield. Blahusch would score on an errant relay throw by the shortstop. A failed pickoff moved Petrutz to second and he scored on an RBI double by junior Matt Godusky. A single by Mike Gentile plated Godusky with the third run.
The Crimson and Gray added an unearned run in the third on a sacrifice fly by Godusky. SJU then picked up two more runs in teh fourth. Cashman delivered an RBI single and Blahusch hit a sacrifice to centerfield.
A four-run seventh inning finally broke things open, as SJU batted around in the frame. The first six Hawks in the inning all reached base. Gentile walked and then SPC made a pitching change. Dustin Onulak then ripped an RBI double down the leftfield line and Jereme Scott delivered an RBI single to rightfield. After Jeremy Jakubowski was hit by a pitch, Cashman stroked a RBI single to left center. A walk then loaded the bases and Blahush hit another sacrifice fly to make it 10-0.
The Peacocks plated their lone run in the eighth inning. With one on and two out, Wayne Guarino stole second. He then scored on on and RBI single by Dennis Alexander off Hawks' relief pitcher Ben Wendle to breakup the shutout.
SJU tacked on two more runs in teh bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring.
Hessler (2-4) tossed six innings to earn the win. He struckout 10 and walked one scattering three hits. Wendle struckout five and walked one allowing one run and one hit in two innings. Joel Grimshaw piched the final frame, striking out two, to account for SJU's school record 17 strikeouts. The old Hawk mark was 15 strikeouts in a 1996 win over La Salle.
Kevin Kallert (1-1) six runs on six hits in 3.1 innings but suffered the loss. SPC would use four pitchers in the contest.
Cashman had three hits, while Onulak and Jakubowski both had a pair of hits each. Scott scored three runs.
The three weekend games were played in conjunction with Villanova's Baseball Bash.