March 16, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - After sophomore Randy Mower ended SJU's nearly three-year span without a complete game last Tuesday, Mower teamed up with freshman Dominic Favazza and junior Chris Prescott to throw a seven-inning no-hitter on Sunday afternoon as the Saint Joseph's baseball team defeated Saint Peter's, 11-0, at Hank DeVincent Field on the campus of La Salle University. The game marks the third combined no-hitter, and sixth overall, in school history, and the first since Dave Landers held Albright hitless in April of 1970, 38 years ago. The win is also the fourth straight for the Hawks.
The three hurlers combined to face the minimum of 21 hitters, as a third-inning walk to Mike LaCava was erased on a double play. No Saint Joseph's pitcher has ever thrown a perfect game.
In its last three games, the Saint Joseph's pitching staff has allowed just three runs, none of them earned. Stretching back to the win at Seton Hall, the Hawks have not allowed an earned run in 27 innings.
After going almost 34 months and 119 games between shutouts, SJU waited exactly one day and one game to notch its second of the season.
On a cold and blustery Sunday, the Hawk bats remained hot as SJU jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning. After a leadoff walk, a catcher's interference call, and a fielder's choice, Saint Joseph's (6-10) got on the board via a two-run triple by David Valesente. A Ryan McDonald single scored Valesente, and McDonald came around on a two-run home run down the right field line by senior designated hitter Jeremy Jakubowski.
Sophomore Mike Boyland singled in a run in the third to make it a 6-0 lead. The Hawks extended the lead further with a four-spot in the fourth. Valesente and McDonald started the inning with singles and were driven in by Jakubowski's triple to right field. Joe Cook drove in a run on a groundout, and after Drew Smith doubled, Boyland laced a double of his own down the right field line to put the game well out of reach at 10-0.
McDonald capped the scoring in the fifth with an inside-the-park home run, his second round-tripper of the season. He is currently tied with Jakubowski for the team lead.
Favazza (1-1) earned the win, pitching four shutout innings and walking one while striking out two.
SJU returns to the diamond with a game on Tuesday afternoon against Villanova at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30.