April 25, 2007
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped its sixth game in a row on Wednesday, suffering an 11-3 defeat at the hands of the Villanova Wildcats in non-conference action at Villanova Ballpark. The Wildcats used an eight-run outburst in the second inning to propel themselves to victory, their second of the season over the Hawks.
Six base hits, a hit batsman, and a balk allowed Villanova (20-18) to score six runs before an out was recorded in the second inning, putting SJU in a big hole early. The Hawks scored a run in the top of the third when an RBI single by sophomore Ben Wendle scored senior Adriano Petrutz with one out. SJU scored again in the fifth when freshman catcher Drew Smith doubled and scored on a single by senior Mike Gentile. The Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh before the Hawks closed the scoring with a final tally in the eighth. Junior Mike Blahusch scored the game's final run on an RBI groundout by Petrutz.
Petrutz had another solid performance for Saint Joseph's (6-30). The senior infielder had two hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Smith had three hits for the Hawks, also contributing a run scored. Gentile and Blahusch also added two hits apiece for SJU, with Gentile driving in a run and Blahusch scoring one.
Freshman Randall Mower started on the mound for the Hawks, getting some rare mid-week work. He pitched just one inning, retiring all three batters he faced. Junior Don Werner entered the game in the second and was charged with six earned runs and five hits. Freshman Pat Monaghan had arguably his best outing of the season, pitching four innings of one-hit ball and striking out seven in relief. Werner took the loss to fall to 0-2, while Villanova's Frank Jankowski notched the win to improve to 1-0.
Saint Joseph's now heads to western Pennsylvania for three Atlantic 10 games against Duquesne. The series starts Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Duquesne Baseball Field in Green Tree, PA.