May 13, 2006
AMHERST, MA - Sophomore Jason Hessler struckout 10 and allowed just one run over seven innings of work to lead Saint Joseph's (17-34, 9-13 A-10) to a 13-1 victory over Massachusetts (12-27, 9-13 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Earl Lorden Field. Mike Blahusch went 3-4 with two runs and two RBI to power a 16-hit Hawk attack.
The bottom of the lineup helped St. Joe's stake a claim to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning. Chris Cashman opened the inning with a single and he scored on an RBI double by Blahusch. After a wild pitch, Jereme Scott walekd to put runners at the corners. Tim Smith would then deliver an RBI single and Matt Godusky hit a sacrifice fly.
The Crimson and Gray added to their advantage in the fourth inning, tacking on two more runs. With one out, it was the bottom of teh lineup that struck again. Cashman singled to start things off. He then was safe at second when Mike Blahusch reached on a fielder's choice and the second baseman mishandled the ball at second. Scott then jerked an RBI double down the leftfield line and Smith followed with his second straight RBI single.
UMass put up its lone run against Hessler in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 5-1. SJU, however, responded with a run in the fifth when Godusky singles and Ben Wendle doubled him home.
Aided by a couple of UMass errores, a seven-run sixth inning broke things open for good and gave the Hawks a 13-1 edge. SJU sent 13 men to bat in the inning. Once again the bottom third of teh order started things off. Blahusch singled to open the frame. UMass then relpaced starter Chris Lloyd with freshman Mike Dicato. Scott then pushed a bunt into no man's land between the pitcher and first baseman and was able to beat it out. Smith hit into a fielder's choice that erased Blahush, but Adriano Petrutz smacked an RBI single putting runners on the corners. Petrutz proceeded to steal second to break up the double play and Mike Gentile walked to load the bases. Godusky then picked up an RBI with a single back up the middle. Wendle was then hit by a pitch to force home another run. then had two chances to get out of the frame, but the second baseman commited errors on consecutive balls hit by Greg Mason and Cashman allowing three more runs to score. Blahush's second single of teh inning accounted for SJU's final run.
Hessler (4-7) was in cruise control from the outset retiring the first 11 batters he faced. UMass would then string together back-to-back hits to plate their lone run in the fourth, but he responded by setting down nine of the final 10 batters he faced. Brian Anecharico pitched the final two scoreless frames, surrendering just one hit.
Lloyd (0-5) suffered the loss giving up seven runs on nine hits in five innings. Dicato also struggled allowing six runs (three earned) in just 0.2 innings of work.
The two teams continue their three-game series on Sunday at noon.