March 17, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - David Valesente had three hits and four runs batted in as the Saint Joseph's baseball team won its home opener on Wednesday afternoon, topping Lehigh, 6-2, at Campbell's Field. Joe Cook and Kevin Taylor added two hits apiece for the Hawks.
The early part of the game was dominated by pitching, as Hawk starter A.J. Holland went three strong innings, allowing one hit while striking out four. Randy Mower retired the side in the fourth on eight pitches, while Adam Rivera and Bryan Penalo threw a perfect fifth and sixth, respectively.
It wasn't until the bottom of the sixth that either team was able to get any offense going. Saint Joseph's (2-8) drew first blood when, with the bases loaded and one out, Valesente laced a single to right to score a pair. Taylor followed with a single of his own to score Dewey Oriente and give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
SJU scored three more in the seventh to effectively put the game away. After a pair of strikeouts to start the frame, a walk, a hit batter, and RBI double from Oriente and a two-run single from Valesente doubled the Saint Joseph's advantage to 6-0.
Lehigh (2-8) could not muster any offense in the seventh or eighth against lefthander Quentin Farr. Farr struck out the side in the seventh on the minimum nine pitches before sending the Mountain Hawks down in order in the eighth as well.
The Mountain Hawks scratched out a pair of runs against Mike Boyland in the top of the ninth on a two-out, two-run triple by Andrew Russell.
Penalo earned the win for SJU, while Rob Russell took the loss for Lehigh.
Saint Joseph's returns to Campbell's Field on Friday for a 3:00 p.m. contest with Pittsburgh.