March 19, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team took an early lead but eventually fell to Pittsburgh, 14-1, on Friday afternoon at Campbell's Field. Pitt starter Corey Baker twirled seven innings of three-hit ball to earn his fifth win of the season.
Saint Joseph's (2-9) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. Kevin Taylor led off the frame with a double to center and advanced to third on a groundout by Ryan McDonald. Senior Drew Smith followed with a sacrifice bunt that scored Taylor and gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Pittsburgh (12-4) equalized in the top of the third on an RBI double by Joe Leonard. The Panthers went ahead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by John Schultz and then plated four more in the fifth, two in the sixth, and four in the seventh to break the game open.
Baker retired 13 of the final 14 hitters he faced between the third and seventh innings, striking out 10 and walking one over seven.
The Panthers closed out the scoring in the ninth inning on a pair of sacrifice flies.
Baker earned the win, improving to 5-0 on the season. Dominic Favazza worked four-plus innings and was charged with four runs, three earned, on eight hits. He walked one while striking out three.
The Hawks return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 for a game with Youngstown State. Live stats and streaming audio will be available at www.sjuhawks.com.