March 26, 2006
AMBLER, PA - A five-run ninth inning comeback helped Saint Joseph's (9-17, 2-1 A-10) rally from a two-run deficit and defeat Temple (6-14, 1-2 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Ambler Field. Junior Jeff Williams helped pave the way for the win after SJU fell behind early with seven innings of solid relief. Adriano Petrutz and Jereme Scott combined for five hits, three runs and four RBI.
With the Owls holding a 5-3 lead going into the top of the ninth, TU needed just three outs to secure the win. Sophomore Jeremy Jakubowski started the rally when he reached on a throwing error to open the inning. SJU then got a pinch hit single by senior Greg Mason and a single by Matt Godusky to load the bases with noone out. Temple reliever Eric Fritz then walked Dustin Onulak to force home a run and SJU tied the game on a groundball by Mike Gentile. The back breaker was a two-run double by Petrutz that put the Hawks ahead for the first time, 7-5. SJU added an insurance run on a RBI single by Scott to complete the scoring.
The Owls got on the board early and often to take a 5-1 lead after three. The Owls plated two runs in the first, one in the second and two more in the third forcing Hawk starter Don Werner out of the game.
Williams (2-2) entered the game in the third and quickly shut the door on the Temple offensive onslaught. The right-hander allowed just one hit after the third and earned the win by throwing seven innings of relief.
Trailing by four, the Hawks scored two runs in the fourth on a Petrutz homerun and Jakubowski sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 5-3. The Crimson and Gray were quiet until the ninth.
Scott led an 11-hit Hawk attack going 3-5. Petrutz was 2-5 with a double, home run, two runs and three RBI. Godusky and Chris Cashman also added two hits apiece.
SJU returns to action on Tuesday at Lafayette and then travels to Penn on Wednesday.