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Pitching and Defense Lift SJU Past Richmond, 6-3
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  04/29/2006

April 29, 2006

Box Score

RICHMOND, VA - Sophomore Jason Hessler pitched into the seventh inning and several sparkling defensive plays lifted Saint Joseph's (16-29, 8-9 A-10) to a 6-3 victory over Richmond (17-26, 8-9 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Pitt Field. Junior Matt Godusky homered in the first to help spot SJU an early lead.

The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first off sophomore Alex Hale thanks to an RBI-double from Jeremy Jakubowski and a two-run homer by Matt Godusky.

Richmond answered back in the second with an RBI-single from junior Anthony Sandstrom. The teams then traded single runs in the third inning to make the score 4-2.

Hawks' starer Jason Hessler (3-6) was solid in his 6.2-inning of work. The righthander surrendered just three runs on nine hits, while fanning five.

The Spiders pushed their third and final run of the game over in the seventh when Joe Mahoney doubled in senior Ben Zeskind from second.

Hale (5-2) regrouped after a tough beginning finishing out his start with five-straight scoreless innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks in eight innings, fanning six, but suffering the loss.

Hawk relievers Chirs Prsecott and Mark Imbo pitched the final 2.1 innings without allowing a run, thanks in part to several defensive gems in the outfield by freshman Ben Wendle and sophomore Tim Smith.

SJU posted two insurance runs off Richmond reliever senior Derek Duclos in the ninth. Dustin Onulak came up with a key RBI single that plated Mike Gentile and Matt Godusky also scored on the play as the Spider's made several errant throws.

Imbo made his 22nd appearance of the year to tie the teams's single season mark set by Jim Boylan in 1999. He also recorded his sixth save, one shy o the Hawks' season mark.

SJU will look for the series win in Sunday's rubber-game of the series at Pitt Field. Freshman Ian Marshall (2-2, 8.80 ERA) will face Saint Joseph's Jeff Williams (2-5, 4.02 ERA) in a game slated to get underway at noon.