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Baseball Drops Season Opener at The Citadel, 10-5
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/26/2010

Feb. 26, 2010

Box Score

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team kicked off its 2010 season at The Charleston Crab House Shootout on Friday afternoon. The Hawks fell to the tournament hosts, The Citadel, by the score of 10-5 at Riley Park.

The Citadel (3-1) got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Brad Felder hit a one-out triple and came in to score the game's first run one batter later on a fielder's choice by Matt Simonelli.

Saint Joseph's (0-1) went ahead in the top of the second. Senior Drew Smith led off with a single before moving up to second on a passed ball. Sophomore Kevin Taylor then reached on a walk before senior Matt Barnathan moved the runners up with a groundout. Smith would come in to score and Taylor moved up to third on a wild pitch by Asher Wojociechowski before an RBI groundout by freshman Quinn Renner plated Taylor and gave SJU a 2-1 lead.

A Nick Orvin home run and an RBI single by Simonelli put the Bulldogs back on top in the bottom of the third, 3-2. Simonelli would then come around to score on a Bryan Altman single to stretch the lead to two.

The Citadel blew the game open in the fourth, plating four runs on four hits and a pair of Hawk errors. SJU got one back in the top of the fifth on a bases-loaded walk by Smith, but a two-run home run by Legare Jones put the Bulldogs ahead 10-3.

The Hawks would tack two more on the board in the top of the eight on a two-run double by senior Dewey Oriente.

Junior Dominic Favazza took the loss for SJU, working three and a third innings, while Wojociechowski threw five for the win.

The Hawks will take on Radford tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at Riley Park. Senior lefthander Randy Mower will make his first start of the year for SJU.