April 4, 2005
CINCINNATI - In the rubber match of the Atlantic 10 series between Xavier (11-17, 5-4 A-10) and Saint Joseph's (5-18, 1-2 A-10), the Musketeers scored in each of the first five innings and came out on top with a 7-4 win to take the series two games to one over the visiting Hawks.
XU scored at least one run in the first five innings of the game and finally took the lead for good in the bottom of the third as a sacrifice fly gave Xavier the 4-3 advantage after three innings.
The Musketeers struck first scoring twice in the first inning, but Saint Joseph's answered in the top of the second with a three-run home run by Jeremy Jakubowski to take the early 3-2 lead.
Xavier, however, responded again in the home half of the second to tie the game at 3-3. They then added single runs in the third and fifth innings and two more in the fourth to bulid a 7-3 advantage.
The Hawks added a run in the seventh on a double by Nick Baldasari and threatened in the ninth, but couldn't tie the game. Baldasari went 3-5. Jakubowski and Jereme Scott each had a couple of hits.
The Musketeers received a solid effort on the mound from Bill Konecny and Mark Janszen. The sophomores combined for nine innings while giving up four runs on 10 hits. Konecny registered six strikeouts on the afternoon and picked up his third win of the season with Janszen earning the save in his 2.2 innings of relief.
Bob Unkel (1-4) suffered the loss for SJU. He allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings. Jeff Williams threw the final 3.1 without allowing a run.
The Hawks game with Villanova scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. The team will host Lehigh on Thursday afternoon.