April 11, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The bats came alive once again for the Saint Joseph's baseball team as the Hawks used three home runs and some dominant pitching to take Sunday's series finale at Duquesne, 9-2. Dewey Oriente hit two home runs in the first three innings to power the offense while Randy Mower went seven strong innings and allowed just one run for his second win of the season.
The win gives the Hawks their third straight Atlantic 10 series victory to start the season. The last time SJU won three consecutive conference series was 1995.
Saint Joseph's (11-14 overall, 6-3 Atlantic 10) started the scoring in the first inning for the second day in a row as Oriente lofted a ball over the fence for his second home run of the season, a two-run shot that gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
They would extend the advantage in the top of the third as Oriente went deep for the second time in as many at bats, drilling a three-run home run off of Andrew Heck to push the SJU lead to 5-0.
Duquesne (7-24 overall, 3-6 Atlantic 10) opened its scoring account in the bottom of the fourth as Mark Tracy hit a two-out solo home run to get the Dukes on the board.
Kevin Taylor would help blow the game wide open in the top of the fifth, however, as Oriente led off with a triple and, two batters later, Taylor went yard to drive in two more and pad the Hawk lead. Ryan McDonald was then hit by a pitch and would come around to score on an RBI double by Joe Cook. Cook later scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Cirillo to give the Hawks a commanding 9-1 lead.
Oriente finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five driven in to lead the Hawk offense. He has hit three home runs this season, all of them in the series at Duquesne Field. Mower threw seven innings, allowing just the one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two.
Winners of nine of their last 13, the Hawks will face crosstown rival Temple on Tuesday in a game that does not count in the conference standings. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. at Temple's Skip Wilson Field in Ambler, Pa.