Feb. 17, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team was swept on Saturday afternoon by the Elon Phoenix in doubleheader action. The Hawks lost game one 11-1, and dropped the second game by a score of 10-3. Junior Mark Imbo was saddled with the loss in game one, while game two's decision went to freshman Randall Mower.
In the first game, Elon (3-2) jumped on the board early, scoring once in the first and four times in the second. A run in the fourth, four in the sixth, and one in the eighth upped the lead to 11-0 before junior Mike Blahusch drove in the lone Hawk tally with an RBI single in the ninth inning. Elon starter Steven Hensley fanned 11 Hawks in seven innings of work to earn the victory.
In the second half of the twinbill, Blahusch scored on a first-inning error to give Saint Joseph's (0-5) a 1-0 lead. That lead was short-lived, however, as the Phoenix took the lead in that same inning when Adam Weaver stole home plate. Elon then added a run in the third and four in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth, SJU cut into the lead on a solo home run by sophomore Ben Wendle. Blahusch then added his second RBI of the day with a single in the seventh to cut the deficit to four. However, Elon effectively put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning of its own. Will Romanowicz pitched 5.1 innings for the win, surrendering just four hits and two runs (one earned).
Blahusch went 4-for-8 and Wendle was 3-for-9 over the course of the two games to lead the Hawks.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at Latham Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM.