May 15, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio - The Saint Joseph's baseball team scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning on Saturday, but Dayton stormed back with two in the sixth, four in the eighth, and one in the ninth to come away with a 9-8 victory at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
With runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, Aaron Dunsmore doubled down the left field line to score Brian Blasik with the winning run.
Dayton (22-29 overall, 11-12 Atlantic 10) posted a run in the bottom of the first, as Blasik doubled to left center and scored two batters later on a single by Dunsmore.
Cole Tyrell reached on a one-out double in the bottom of the fourth and came around to score on a single by Jonathan Castine to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead, but the Hawks answered in the top of the fifth as Kevin Taylor singled in Dewey Oriente with two outs to tie the game.
The Hawks went ahead for the first time in the sixth when, with one out and the bases loaded, Brett Tiagwad singled up the middle to score Drew Smith and Joe Cook and give SJU a two-run lead. Three batters later, Taylor ripped a single to right that scored Tiagwad and Mike Coleman to extend the lead to 6-2. Kemp then followed with a two-run single of his own to give SJU a six-run inning and the 8-2 lead.
The Flyers bounced back in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run from Dunsmore to cut the lead to four, 8-4.
Dayton tied the game in the eighth, scoring all four runs against Adam Rivera with two outs. With runners on first and second, Castine doubled home a pair to cut the lead in half before the next batter, Dan Welch, hit a two-run home run to knot the game at eight. Mike Boyland came on and struck out Mitchell Nelson to end the inning and keep the game tied, but Dunsmore's one-out hit in the ninth sent the Hawks down to the heartbreaking defeat.
Boyland took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year, while Mike Hauschild worked a perfect ninth for the Flyers to earn the win and improve to 3-6.
Taylor led the way for Saint Joseph's offensively, driving in three runs. Cook was 3-for-5 as the Hawks had 15 hits on the day, and all eight SJU runs were scored by eight different players. Dunsmore was 3-for-4 with four RBI for Dayton, while Castine added three RBI and Blasik crossed the plate three times.
Sunday's series finale is slated for noon at Time Warner Cable Stadium.