May 17, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - A five-run third inning powered the Rhode Island Rams to a 6-5 victory over the Saint Joseph's Hawks on Thursday afternoon in Atlantic 10 baseball action. The Hawks had an opportunity to tie the game in the seventh inning, but could not capitalize. The win ends URI's four-game losing streak.
Rhode Island (20-28, 14-11 Atlantic 10) struck first, scoring a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Gregg Allen. The Rams scored five more in the third off of starter Randall Mower before he was replaced by junior Mark Imbo. Mower gave up five singles and a double in the third, while recording just one out. The Rams pounded out nine hits against Mower in his 2.1 innings of work.
Saint Joseph's (10-37, 6-19 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the bottom half of the third, scoring on an RBI single by second baseman David Valesente after centerfielder Jeremy Jakubowski hit a one-out triple. The Hawks tacked on a second run in the sixth inning as freshman Matt Barnathan hit an RBI single to score senior Matt Godusky.
SJU threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, getting two singles to chase Rhode Island starter Brett Palanski with nobody out. Freshman Mark Fraser came in and hit Ben Wendle in the head with a pitch to load the bases before a walk to catcher Drew Smith brought home a run. Unfortunately for the Hawks, a strikeout and a double play ended the rally. An eighth-inning single by Chris Hildreth cut the deficit to two.
Saint Joseph's had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth, but Godusky was thrown out at third base after Tim Smith scored to make it a 6-5 game on a single by pinch hitter Mike Boyland. One batter later, Hildreth hit a single that was bobbled by the left fielder. Boyland rounded third and attempted to score the winning run, but the relay throw was perfect and the final out was recorded.
The series continues on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Streaming audio will be available at www.sjuhawks.com.