March 11, 2008
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Sophomore lefthander Randy Mower threw Saint Joseph's first complete game in nearly three years as the Hawks downed the Seton Hall Pirates, 5-2, at Owen T. Carroll Field. Mower scattered seven hits over his nine innings, walking three and striking out four while allowing just two runs to notch his second win of the season.
Seton Hall (5-7) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff walk, a stolen base, and a groundout set the table for an RBI single to put SHU up 1-0.
Saint Joseph's (3-10) tied the game up in the top of the third. Shortstop Joe Cook hit a two-out double down the right field line and came home when sophomore Drew Smith laced a triple to right center to tie the game.
The Hawks took the lead in the fourth. Ben Wendle led off the frame and was hit by a pitch for the seventh time in 13 games. After a single by Mike Boyland and a sacrifice bunt by Matt Barnathan left runners on second and third with one out, sophomore David Valesente put the Hawks ahead with an RBI groundout. Valesente would later single home Wendle in the top of the sixth to give SJU a 3-1 cushion.
The lead was cut in half in the bottom of the seventh, however, on a triple and an RBI groundout.
Mower's effort was the first complete game for a Hawk pitcher since Al Braun went the distance in a season-ending 7-0 shutout of Duquesne on May 20, 2005.
SJU hosts its first home contest of the season on Friday afternoon with a 3:30 start time against Saint Peter's at Latshaw-McCarthy Field in Norristown, Pa.