April 21, 2006
BRONX, NY - Junior Mike Gentile smacked a three-run triple to cap an eight-run seventh inning as Saint Joseph's (14-25, 6-7 A-10) rallied for an 8-5 victory over Fordham (17-21, 9-4 A-10) at Houlihan Park. Sophomore Tim Smith added a couple of hits for SJU and junior Bob Unkel earned the win.
Things looked bleak for the Hawks through six innings as they managed just one hit off Ram starter Javier Martinez and trailed Fordham, 5-0. Everything changed, however in the seventh as Martinez lost his command.
Sophomore Jereme Scott opened the inning with a single and SJU sandwiched a pair of walks around a strikeout to load the bases. A sacrifice fly then got SJU on the scoreboard and with two down it appeared that FU would get out of the inning. Mike Blahusch then delivered a RBI single to make it 5-2. When Martinez went 2-0 on Chris Cashman the Rams made a pitching change going to side-armer Kevin Hoover. Hoover promptly walked Cashman to load the bases and then walked pinch-hitter Greg Mason to force home a run. He then coughed up a two-run single to Smith that tied the game at 5-5. Now tied, the Rams made another pitching change turning the ball over to James Sammut. Sammut, however reloaded the bases by walking Scott, SJU's fifth walk in the frame. Gentile then jerked a three-run double down the left field line to put the Hawks on top, 8-5.
Now leading, head coach Shawn Pander turned the ball over to Joel Grimshaw, who allowed a couple of baserunners, but got through the seventh unscathed. He was then replaced by Mark Imbo with one on and one out in the eighth. Imbo was wild, walking a pair, but Dustin Onulak threw out a runner trying to steal and induced a fielder's choice to end the inning.
In the ninth, SJU committed an error to start the inning and Imbo walked a pair to load the bases with no one out. A soft-liner back to Imbo, however turned into a double play and a flyout ended the Rams thoughts of a rally.
Unkel (3-4) collected the victory after working six solid innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts. Making his 20th appearance of the season, Imbo walked four batters, but picked up his fifth save of the season.
Martinez ended up allowing five runs on three hits, while walking six and strikingout four in 6.2 innings for a no-decision. Hoover (0-2) took the loss.
The Hawks and Rams continue their three-game series on Saturday at 1:00 PM.