Feb. 26, 2006
BETHESDA, MD - Sophomore Don Werner delivered a strong performance on the mound in his first career start, tossing seven innings and allowing just one earned run, while striking out five, but it wasn't enough for Saint Joseph's (0-6) to avert a weekend sweep by Georgetown (4-3), as the Hoyas topped the Hawks 3-2 at Shirley Povich Field.
Saint Joseph's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jeremy Jakubowski and Chris Hildreth collected back to back singles to start the game. Andriano Petrutz then doubled to right centerfield to plate Jakubowski. SJU then loaded the bases when Matt Godusky was hit by a pitch, but Georgetown starter Andy Ferich escaped further damage by striking out the next two hitters before getting a fly out to end the frame.
The Hoyas answered and tied the score, 1-1 in the bottom of the second. Consecutive singles to open the inning and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third. The Hoyas then laced a one-hopper off the Werner's throwing arm to reach base and plate the run.
GU plated two unearned runs in the seventh to take a 3-1 advantage. With one out, a single to right followed by a solid single up the middle got things started. A hit batter then loaded the bases. A groundball to shortstop Andrew Henineman could have gotten SJU out of the inning, but his throw to second base was wide and went into rightfield allowing two runs to score.
SJU added a run in the ninth inning to make things interesting. Godusky walked to start the frame and moved to second on a passed ball. Mike Gentile then reached on an error moving Godusky to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly bt Greg Masonbut could not get the tying run across.
Werner (0-1) fanned five batters over seven innings pitched, allowing one earned run, but suffered the loss. Ferich tossed eight-plus innings and struck out 11 batters, allowing just one earned run in his first career start to pick up the win, while Daniel Kennedy got all three outs in the ninth to earn his first save.
Hildreth and Petrutz both finished with two hits for the Hawks.