May 5, 2006
PHILADELPHIA - A four-run sixth inning allowed Duquesne (14-29, 8-11 A-10) to rally past Saint Joseph's (16-31, 8-11 A-10), 6-5, in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Four different Hawks had two hits apiece and sophomore Mark Imbo made his 23rd appearance of the season to set an SJU single season record.
Things started well for Saint Joseph's as they built a 5-1 lead after two innings. In the first, singles by Tim Smith, Adriano Petrutz and Matt Godusky plated the first run. Petrutz would then score on a strikeout passed ball that would have been the final out of the inning.
The Hawks added three more runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Blahusch led off the frame with a double and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. SJU then strung together four straight hits to go on top 5-1.
The Dukes scratched back with a single run in the fifth inning to close the gap to 5-2.
DU then took the lead in the sixth striking for four runs. A two-run home run by Aaron Janusey tied the game against Hawks' starter Bob Unkel. The Dukes then added a run off reliever Joel Grimshaw to take the lead for good.
SJU was shut down after the second inning by Duquesne starter Scott Chisholm (2-7). He went the distance allowing five runs on 10 hits while striking out eight to earn the win, retiring 19 of the final 20 batters he faced. Grimshaw (1-3) was the tough-luck loser allowing one run in 2.2 innings of solid relief.
The two teams will continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM.