May 19, 2005
PITTSBURGH, PA - Duquesne (20-31, 13-10 A-10) clinched a berth in the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament with a dramatic 3-2 extra-inning win over visiting Saint Joseph's (13-38, 7-16 A-10) in game one of Thursday's noon Atlantic 10 baseball doubleheader at Duquesne Field. In game two, the Dukes scored a school record 13 runs in the fifth inning to take a 13-6 decision over the Hawks.
In the first game, DU jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Hawk starter Jason Hessler. SJU cut the lead in half in the second inning when senior Rob Pimpinella walked and scored on a fielders choice by freshman Jeremy Scott.
The Hawks tied the game in the fourth when Scott singled and scored a few batters later on a wild pitch.
After three scoreless innings, Duquesne led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off homer against St. Joe's reliever Jeff Williams to give the Dukes the win.
Hessler was impressive allowing just two runs in 7.0 innings of work. He scattered seven hits and struckout three without allowing a walk, but received a no-decision, Duke sophomore Alex Sharick (2-2) picked up the win in 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. Williams (3-6) suffered the loss for SJU.
In game two, Duquesne trailed 4-0 after four and a half innings before exploding for 13 runs in the fifth frame off senior Ryan Hoagey and Williams. SJU added two runs late two close out the scoring.
Sophomore Matt Melillo (1-1) pitched the final three to earn the victory. Hoagey (3-8) suffered the loss.
SJU closes out the series with the regular season finale scheduled to begin at noon on Friday.