March 18, 2005
NORRISTOWN, PA - Freshman Jeremy Jakubowski smacked a two out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a tie game and give Saint Joseph's (3-13) a victory over Albany (1-3) in the team's home opener at Elmwood Park's Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Jakubowski was 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI. Hawk freshman hurler Jason Hessler was also impressive, tossing 7.1 innings, but received a no-decision.
Solid pitching and timely hitting were the keys for SJU. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the second, but UA added single runs in the fourth and fifht off Haessler to take the lead. The Hawks tied the game in the seventh on a groundball by sophomore Adriano Petrutz that plated Jakubowksi.
Hessler and Albany senior Ethan Vaiana both pitched well, but neither received a decision. Hessler went 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and struckout three. Vaiana threw into the seventh, striking out seven, while surrendering five hits and two runs.
SJU sophomore Jeff Williams relieved Hessler in th eighth and retired the only two batters he faced.
Sophomore Matt Godusky led off the eighth with a single back at Albany reliever Alex Beaulieu. He then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and junior Greg Mason was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners aboard. The Great Danes then went to their closer Shawn Ryan to try to end the threat. Senior Rob Pimpinella moved the runners along on a ground out that ricocheted off Ryan's leg. Jakubowski then jerked a double sharply down the left field line to plate Godusky and Mason with the lead runs.
Petrutz then pitched a one-two-three ninth inning to close things out. Williams (1-0) earned the victory in relief, while Petrutz picked up his second save. Beaulieu (0-1) took the loss.
In addition to Jakubowski, Godusky added two runs and two hits. Steve Sayre had a pair of hits and scored a run for Albany.
SJU hosts Fairfield on Saturday at noon.
**Photographs of today's game, as well as past Hawk games can be viewed at www.sidephotos.com.