April 18, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost to Massachusetts by a 10-2 score on Saturday afternoon. Hawk infielder David Valesente had a pair of hits on the day, extending his team-best hitting streak to 16 consecutive games. The teams will face off Sunday at noon in the series finale.
Massachusetts (13-19, 6-8 Atlantic 10) started off the scoring in the bottom of the third when Jim Macdonald hit his second home run in as many days, a two-out, three-run shot to left, to give the Minutemen a 3-0 lead. UMass extended its lead to five on an RBI triple by Mike Donato and a single by Mike Gedman.
Saint Joseph's (14-18-1, 7-6 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the top half of the sixth. Joe Cook was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a single by Mike Coleman. Three batters later, Valesente added an infield single to load the bases for Dewey Oriente, who reached on an error by third baseman Sam Boone, allowing Cook and Coleman to score.
UMass would tack on a trio of insurance runs in the seventh on a home run to right by Gedman and two more in the eighth on a two-run shot to left by Brian Baudinet to close out the scoring.
Nick Serino went the distance for Massachusetts, improving to 3-3. He gave up just four hits and walked none while fanning 10. Dominic Favazza (1-4) took the loss for Saint Joseph's, giving up 10 hits in six innings. He was credited with five runs, all of them earned, while striking out eight Minutemen.
The teams will conclude the weekend series on Sunday at noon. A.J. Holland will take the hill for SJU, opposed by Jared Freni for UMass.