March 7, 2008
WINTER PARK, Fla. - An early deluge of offense buried the Saint Joseph's baseball team in a hole too deep to climb out of on Friday afternoon as Rollins College defeated the Hawks, 11-5, at Alfond Stadium. The loss, SJU's fourth straight, drops the Hawks into fourth place in the Baseball Week tournament standings and sets up a third-place contest against Holy Cross on Saturday morning.
Rollins (15-6-1) started the scoring off in the bottom of the second on a walk, a pair of hits, and a fielder's choice. The Tars added another tally in the third on a single, a stolen base, and an RBI single by third baseman Gene Howard.
The Tars extended their lead in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single and a passed ball before blowing the game open in the fifth.
Saint Joseph's (2-9) starter Jason Hessler gave up a leadoff double to Rollins left fielder Mike Crane before being lifted in favor of Adam Rivera. Rivera recorded a quick strikeout, but an intentional walk followed by three straight hits brought out freshman Bryan Penalo from the bullpen. Penalo was able to stop the bleeding, but not before Rollins put a five-spot on the board to take a 10-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Matt Barnathan notched SJU's first hit of the game, but was stranded on third base.
The Hawks finally broke through in the top of the seventh. A one-out double by Brian Hartsell and a hit batsman led to an RBI single by David Valesente and an RBI double by pinch hitter Mike Galetta plated SJU's first runs of the game. After Barnathan drew a walk, a bases-loaded walk by Tim Smith drove in another run. Senior Jeremy Jakubowski knocked in his ninth run of the season with a fielder's choice.
The Tars added their final run on an RBI single in the eighth by Bryan Bennett.
Jakubowski grounded out in the ninth to drive in his second run of the game and set the final margin.
Rollins starter Matt White was solid in his six-and-a-third innings, allowing four runs on four hits to get the win, improving to 4-0. Hessler (0-1) was roughed up for six runs, five of them earned, on nine hits. Penalo allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out three in three-and-two-thirds innings of work.
The Hawks will play one final game in Winter Park on Saturday morning. SJU will face off against Holy Cross in the Baseball Week consolation game. First pitch is slated for 11:00 a.m. Rollins will face Georgetown for the tournament title at 2:30. Live stats will be available at RollinsSports.com