April 22, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - Led by Curtis Eward's four RBIs, the George Washington Colonials completed a three-game weekend sweep of the Saint Joseph's baseball squad, winning Sunday's game by the score of 13-7. For the Hawks, senior infielder Adriano Petrutz had four hits and drove in two runs while scoring two of his own. Petrutz also added a pair of stolen bases.
George Washington (16-23-1, 8-7 Atlantic 10) took an early lead once again by scoring four runs in the first inning, three of them coming on a home run by Eward. The Hawks managed to get two of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. After Petrutz drew a lead-off four-pitch walk, junior Jeremy Jakubowski was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Ben Wendle hit into a fielder's choice to leave runners on the corners with one out. Two batters later, senior captain Matt Godusky drilled a double to the fence in left center, scoring the runners and cutting the deficit to 4-2.
Saint Joseph's (6-29, 3-12 Atlantic 10) put another crooked number on the scoreboard to take a brief lead in the bottom of the second. Senior Kevin Walsh and junior Mike Blahusch started the inning off with singles. Two batters later, Petrutz hit an RBI double to bring home Walsh. Jakubowski followed with a sacrifice fly to score Blahusch. Wendle then hammered a double to right center, plating Petrutz with the go-ahead run.
The Colonials countered in the top half of the third, scoring two runs on three singles and a fielder's choice. They added another tally in the fourth with two more singles and a sacrifice fly. SJU closed the gap to 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning when an RBI single by Petrutz scored Blahusch. GW scored two more in the top of the seventh on an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. Three Colonial runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth put the game out of reach. The Hawks tallied one final run in the bottom of the ninth, when freshman Drew Smith doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman Mark Dolaghan started for the Hawks, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings. Senior Jeff Williams relieved Dolaghan and kept the Hawks within striking distance. Williams gave up three hits and was charged with two runs in 2.1 innings of work. George Washington starter Faizan Choudhry pitched six innings and gave up six runs on nine hits to earn the win and improve to 3-0. Dolaghan took the loss to fall to 0-3.
The next Saint Joseph's baseball game is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, April 25, against Villanova. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.