April 10, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team scored six runs in the first two innings on their way to a 9-3 win over Duquesne on Saturday afternoon at Duquesne Field. David Valesente had three hits and knocked in four runs to pace the Hawk offense.
Saint Joseph's (10-14 overall, 5-3 Atlantic 10) broke out right away in the top of the first inning, plating four runs before the Dukes even came to bat. With one out, Valesente ripped a double to right field to score Brett Tiagwad with the game's first run. The next hitter, Kevin Taylor, lofted a sacrifice fly to left to plate Dewey Oriente and advance Valesente to third. Ryan McDonald would then single him home and score himself on a single by Joe Cook.
The Hawks added two more in the top of the second as Mike Coleman scored on an Oriente single and Valesente knocked home Oriente with a single of his own.
Duquesne (7-23 overall, 3-5 Atlantic 10) got one back in the second on a groundout by Chris Happ, but SJU would post another run in the fifth on an RBI double by McDonald.
The Dukes closed to with five at 7-2 in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Derek Lefever, but the Hawks put up two more with two outs in the sixth when Valesente singled home Coleman and Tiagwad. Happ would come around to score the game's final run in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Joe Lombardo.
Kyle Mullen earned his first career victory for the Hawks, working five and two-thirds innings, scattering seven hits, allowing three runs, and striking out five. Adam Rivera threw three and a third to earn the save. He allowed just one baserunner, striking out four.
The teams will play the rubber game on Sunday afternoon at noon.