March 8, 2006
WINTER PARK, FL - A 12-hit attack helped power Saint Joseph's (2-10) to its second straight victory in Florida, as the Hawks edged Sacred Heart (0-6) at Alfond Stadium, 8-6. Junior Mike Gentile led four Hawks with multiple hits going 2-5 with a home run and three RBI.
Defensive miscues by Sacred Heart allowed SJU to break on top early, scoring four times in the second inning. With one out, senior Dustin Onulak singled to center field. Following a strikeout, Onulak advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. He scored on a single by freshman Ben Wendle. Andrew Heineman then reached on another error by the pitcher, which also allowed Wendle to score. The center fielder would then misplay a fly ball by Tim Smith that would turn into a four-base error, which also allowed Heineman to score.
The Pioneers would cut the lead in half with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but SJU would add two more in the fifth on Gentile's home run and one in the seventh to go on top 7-2.
Sacred Heart finally broke through against Hawk starter Jason Hessler in the seventh scoring four runs to make it a one run game at 7-6, but SJU added insurance in the ninth on an RBI by Gentile.
Wendle finished with three hits, while Gentile, Mike Blahusch and Adriano Petrutz added two hits apiece. Hessler worked 6.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven for his first win of the year. Mark Imbo pitched the final 1.2 for his first career save.