April 12, 2008
DAYTON, Ohio - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday, falling to Dayton by scores of 5-4 and 6-4.
In game one, Saint Joseph's (13-21, 5-7 Atlantic 10) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but couldn't hold on as the Flyers won 5-4 in 11 innings.
The Hawks put a run on the board in the first inning when a Ben Wendle RBI groundout scored Brian Hartsell. SJU went ahead 3-0 in the third as a Jeremy Jakubowski single plated Mike Coleman, and Hartsell came around to score again on another groundout by Wendle.
Dayton (18-15, 4-8 Atlantic 10) got two back in the sixth on a two-run home run by Marshall MacDonald. A wild pitch by Justin Trudell in the seventh allowed the tying run to score, and the teams went scoreless in the eighth and ninth to send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth, SJU got a two-out infield single from David Valesente and another single from Mike Boyland to put runners on the corners for Tim Smith, who drove in a run with a single to right field. Unfortunately for the Hawks, Dayton got an RBI single of its own from Cole Tyrell to push the contest to another frame.
Tyrell then drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th to end SJU's four-game winning streak.
In the second half of the twinbill, it was Dayton that jumped out to an early lead, and the Flyers held on for a 6-4 victory. Quinn Haselhorst pitched eight and a third innings to pick up the victory.
UD scored three runs in the bottom of the first off of Hawk starter Don Werner to take control early. The Flyers scored on a double, a sacrifice fly, and a single.
The Hawks responded in the second with a pair of runs. After Chris Hildreth singled and stole second base, Coleman slapped a single through the left side to score the run. Tim Smith followed with a double to bring home Coleman and cut the lead to 3-2. Dayton would double the margin in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by MacDonald.
The Flyers took a 5-2 lead in the fourth on another sacrifice fly. The Hawks scored a singleton in the sixth as Drew Smith came around to score on an RBI double by Valesente, but Dayton got the run back in the eighth to make it a 6-3 game.
The Hawks attempted to mount a ninth-inning rally, having second and third with one out, but an RBI fielder's choice by Jakubowski was all SJU could manage in the final stanza.
The Hawks will return to the state of Ohio for their next three games. Saint Joseph's will meet Xavier next weekend in a three-game set in Cincinnati. Friday's game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.