April 12, 2008
XENIA, Ohio - A third-inning grand slam home run by junior Ben Wendle provided the spark as the Saint Joseph's baseball team took its fourth straight game on Friday night, defeating Dayton by the score of 9-4. Sophomore lefthander Randy Mower gave up four runs in eight solid innings to win his fifth decision of the season.
Saint Joseph's (13-19, 5-5 Atlantic 10) started the scoring in the top of the third. Kenny Pustizzi led off the inning with a single, but was forced out at second on a bunt by Joe Cook. A single by Mike Coleman was followed by a strikeout and a walk to Jeremy Jakubowski, leaving the bases loaded for Wendle. The right fielder's shot over the wall in right center put SJU on the board.
Dayton (16-15, 2-8 Atlantic 10) got one back in the bottom of the inning after a fly ball got caught in the wind, resulting in a leadoff triple. A sacrifice fly left the score at 4-1 after three.
SJU added two more in the fifth after three straight two-out walks loaded the bases. David Valesente then laced a single to center to extend the lead to 6-1. The Flyers responded in the bottom of the sixth, as Marshall MacDonald led off with the first of his two solo home runs. Another triple and a sacrifice fly cut the Hawk lead to three.
The Hawk bats would once again pad the lead in the eighth. A two-out double for Pustizzi scored Mike Boyland to push the lead back to four. A single to center by Cook brought Pustizzi home to make the score 8-3.
MacDonald then led off the bottom of the eighth with another solo home run, but that would be it for the Flyers. A sacrifice fly by Valesente brought in Jakubowski with SJU's ninth and final run of the game.
Chris Prescott pitched a perfect ninth, recording two strikeouts, to secure the win.
Due to poor field conditions, Friday's game was held at the all-artificial surface Athletes in Action Field in Xenia, Ohio. The teams will continue the series on Saturday at Time Warner Cable Stadium in Dayton with a game at 11:00 a.m. Dominic Favazza will likely get the nod for SJU, while UD will counter with Lucas Farden.