April 4, 2009
BRONX, N.Y. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team lost the first game of its weekend set at Fordham on Saturday, falling to the Rams by a 9-4 score. Designated hitter Dewey Oriente had a solid performance for the Hawks, scoring a pair of runs and pounding out a pair of hits in the loss.
Fordham (10-15, 6-1 Atlantic 10) scored a run off of SJU starter Dominic Favazza in the bottom of the first after Mike Mobbs scored on a wild pitch to go ahead, 1-0.
Saint Joseph's (8-15-1, 3-4 Atlantic 10) equalized in the top of the second after Oriente doubled and came around to score on an error. SJU took a 2-1 lead in the third after Mike Coleman drew a walk, advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Plakis.
The Hawk lead would be short-lived, however, as the Rams got a two-run double, a two-run single, another single and a groundout to plate six runs and take a 7-2 lead.
SJU fought back in the fourth, getting to within 7-4. David Valesente led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to eight and was followed by a single from Oriente. After a sacrifice bunt by Matt Barnathan moved the runners up, Mike Blahusch hit a sacrifice fly to score Valesente. Four batters later, a bases loaded walk to Plakis brought Oriente home.
The Hawks were not able to threaten again while Fordham added singletons in the fifth and eighth innings to cement the win.
J.P. Mack went the distance for the Rams, improving to 3-2. He shut down the Hawk bats late, allowing just two baserunners over the final five innings. He gave up just four hits and four runs, two of them earned, while striking out one and walking five. Favazza fell to 1-3 with the loss.
The two teams will conclude the three-game weekend series with a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, beginning at noon.