April 29, 2007
PITTSBURGH, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team split a doubleheader with the Duquesne Dukes on Sunday afternoon, dropping the first game by a 9-7 score, and winning game two 10-8. The Hawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead in game one but could not hold on as the Dukes scored three runs each in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings to secure the victory. In the second half of the twinbill, senior Matt Godusky powered the Hawks with two home runs, including a two-run blast in the seventh and a second two-run shot in the ninth. The victory ended the Hawks' losing streak at eight games.
In game one, Saint Joseph's (7-32, 4-14 Atlantic 10) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI groundout by sophomore Ben Wendle. The Hawks followed up with a six-run fourth to take a 7-0 lead after three and a half innings. Senior Kevin Walsh reached on an error to open up the frame. Walsh scored three batters later when junior Chris Cashman bunted for a single. After a pitching change, junior Jereme Scott, who had drawn a walk, scored on a fielding error that allowed senior Adriano Petrutz to reach base. Freshman David Valesente walked to load the bases for Wendle. Wendle promptly brought everyone home with a grand slam home run, his team-leading fifth round-tripper of the season.
Things turned sour in the bottom of the fifth as Duquesne (15-23, 6-12 Atlantic 10) plated three runs against freshman starter Randall Mower on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. Mower was replaced for the sixth by junior Don Werner, who allowed a double, a walk, and a hit batsman in his one-third of an inning of work. Junior lefty Mark Imbo took over for Werner and gave up back-to-back RBI singles before inducing a double play to keep the lead at 7-6.
The Hawks were unable to increase that margin as they managed just three hits after the fourth inning. The Dukes capitalized and took the lead with a three-spot in the bottom of the eighth. Anthony Manley hit into a fielder's choice, allowing Bill Torre to score the tying run. A single by Aaron Janusey scored Manley with the go-ahead run, and an RBI single by Brian Bernardo provided an insurance run.
Mower was solid on the mound once again for the Hawks. The southpaw allowed three runs on six hits in his five innings, striking out three. Werner and Imbo were both charged with three runs as well. Ryan Juran (2-1) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win, surrendering just one hit. Imbo took the loss and fell to 1-4 on the year. Keith Meyer pitched a perfect ninth to record his fourth save of the season.
In the nightcap, it was Duquesne who let an early lead slip away. The Dukes plated a singleton in each of the first three innings, including a leadoff home run by Torre off of freshman starter Mark Dolaghan.
SJU came back to tie the game in the top half of the fifth. Matt Barnathan and Chris Cashman started the inning off with back-to-back walks before Barnathan scored on an RBI single by junior Tim Smith. A double steal scored Cashman and left Smith on second with nobody out and the Hawks trailing 3-2. A fly out advanced Smith to third, and he crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Valesente to even the score. Duquesne regained the lead in the bottom of the frame, with Janusey scoring on an RBI single by Mike Carroll. SJU equalized again in the sixth after a sacrifice fly by Barnathan scored Godusky.
Saint Joseph's took its first lead of the game in the seventh inning. After Tim Smith walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Petrutz, Valesente singled to place runners on the corners with one out. Wendle hit into a fielder's choice to bring home Smith with the go-ahead run. After Wendle stole second, freshman catcher Drew Smith doubled to plate Wendle and put the Hawks ahead 6-4. Godusky then doubled the lead with a two-run home run, his second of the season.
Duquesne cut the lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning on two doubles and a single. In the eighth, the Dukes got within a run after Torre led off with a triple and scored on a groundout.
The Hawks added some insurance in the top of the ninth as Godusky went deep for the second time in as many at bats to give SJU a 10-7 lead. The runs would prove to be crucial, as Duquesne scored a run and had the winning run in the batter's box when Manley went down looking to end the game.
Dolaghan ceded four runs on nine hits in five innings. Freshman Pat Monaghan took over in relief and got the win, giving up two runs in 1.2 innings to improve to 1-4 on the season. Gary Pierpont took the loss to fall to 2-4. Junior Andrew Powers worked the final two innings, surrendering one run on two hits two earn his first career save.
Godusky was 6-for-10 on the day with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs, while Wendle added two hits, three runs, and 6 RBIs. The Hawks had solid offensive contributions from their backstops, as Phil Pursino had two hits in the first game and Drew Smith had three hits, a run, and an RBI in game two.
Saint Joseph's will return to the diamond later this week as the squad heads to Missouri to face Saint Louis in a three-game Atlantic 10 series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.