Feb. 28, 2010
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A five-run sixth inning for Marshall ended the Saint Joseph's baseball team's hopes of victory on Sunday afternoon as the Hawks fell to the Thundering Herd, 10-2, in their final game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout at The Citadel's Riley Park. Seniors Dewey Oriente, Drew Smith, and David Valesente had two hits in the game, while Oriente and Valesente scored the two SJU runs.
Saint Joseph's (0-3) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Valesente led off the frame with a single and Smith followed up with a base hit of his own. After a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Kemp, a fielder's choice by Ryan McDonald brought Valesente home with the first run of the game.
The Hawks would hold the slender lead until the fourth, when Marshall (4-3) would tie it up. Kenny Socorro led off the inning, reaching on an error. Three batters later, he came around to tie the game on a double play grounder.
The Thundering Herd scored two more in the fifth and then blew the game open in the sixth. In that fateful inning, Eric Semeniuk had a two-run home run and Josh Valle added a two-run single.
Oriente hit a one-out double in the home half of the sixth and came around to score on a wild pitch.
Semeniuk and James Lavinskas had back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the seventh to close out the scoring.
Mike Mason went six solid innings for his first win of the season for Marshall. Sophomore A.J. Holland took the loss for the Hawks.
SJU will open its home slate on Tuesday with a game against Delaware at 3:00 p.m. at Campbell's Field.