March 4, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team split two games on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Holy Cross, 16-4, but falling to Georgetown, 11-7. The split puts the Hawks temporarily in a first-place tie with Rollins College halfway through the 2008 Baseball Week tournament.
In the first game, Saint Joseph's (2-6) scored six runs in the first, four in the second, and four more in the third on the way to a 16-4 rout of Holy Cross. Senior Don Werner pitched five strong innings, giving up three runs on seven hits to record the win and improve to 1-1.
The Hawks batted around in the top of the first as Jereme Scott led off with a single and David Valesente was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, first baseman Dewey Oriente hit his first career home run to put SJU on the board. A double by Mike Boyland brought in two more, and Boyland came around on a single by Joe Cook to give the Hawks a 6-0 lead before the Crusaders came to bat.
SJU tacked on four more in the second inning to extend the lead. After a leadoff double by Valesente and a single by senior Jeremy Jakubowski, junior Ben Wendle hit a mammoth home run to center field to make it a 9-0 Hawk advantage. After Ryan McDonald doubled, Boyland drove in another run with an RBI groundout.
Saint Joseph's continued to pound the Crusaders in the third. After Holy Cross starter Ryan George retired the first two hitters, he hit Jakubowski with a pitch to put the senior on base. Oriente singled, and Jakubowski then scored when Wendle reached on an error. McDonald followed with a titanic home run of his own to put the Hawks on top, 14-0. McDonald's hit cleared the 40-foot scoreboard behind the right-field wall, 330 feet from home plate.
Holy Cross scored two runs in the bottom of the third on a home run by Jake Gorman.
SJU added a lone tally in the fifth on an RBI single by catcher Phil Pursino. The Hawks scored again in the eighth when a double by freshman Brooks Miller in his first career at bat plated Mike Coleman, who had reached on a two-out double.
The Crusaders scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to set the final margin.
The second game once again saw Saint Joseph's jump out to a big lead, this time against Georgetown. With runners on second and third and one out in the top of the second, Boyland drove in the game's first run with another RBI groundout. A double by senior catcher Ken Pustizzi brought home McDonald to give SJU a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the SJU bats came alive once again as the Hawks put a five-spot on the board to take a 7-0 lead. A leadoff single by Scott was followed by two quick outs. After Oriente was hit by a pitch, a double by Chris Hildreth cleared the bases. A single by McDonald scored another run, and Cook singled home two more runs before Pustizzi was thrown out at third.
Unlike Holy Cross, however, Georgetown (3-3) would respond. The Hoyas chased starter Pat Monaghan from the game, notching six hits, including a two-run home run by Sean Baumann, to close the gap to 7-6. GU would go on top in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run home run by Greg Pustizzi. Dan Capeless added a two-run shot of his own in the seventh to give the Hoyas a 10-7 lead. An RBI single pushed the Hawk deficit to four, where it remained for the rest of the game.
The Hawks return to Baseball Week action tomorrow with a 3:30 p.m. contest against tournament host Rollins College. Live stats and live audio will be available at RollinsSports.com.