April 11, 2007
NEWARK, NJ - The Saint Joseph's baseball team ended its five-game losing streak on Wednesday, scoring three runs in the second inning and four in the third to cruise to a 9-3 victory over the NJIT Highlanders at Riverfront Stadium in Newark, NJ. Sophomore Ben Wendle had three hits in the game, while freshman Matt Barnathan had three hits and scored three runs to lead the Hawk offense. Senior Jeff Williams got the start on the mound, working six strong innings to earn his first victory of the season.
Saint Joseph's (5-23) jumped out to an early lead in the second inning and didn't look back. After NJIT starter Matt Melody walked the bases loaded, junior Tim Smith worked a walk of his own to bring home Barnathan with the game's first run. Two errors allowed SJU to tack on two more runs in the frame. In the third, senior Matt Godusky led off with a double and scored on an error, while classmate Mike Gentile scored on a wild pitch. Senior Adriano Petrutz then knocked in Barnathan with an RBI single to center, and a sacrifice fly from sophomore catcher Phillip Pursino scored Petrutz with SJU's seventh run.
The Hawks added tallies in the fourth and fifth innings to expand their lead to 9-1. In the fourth, an RBI double by Wendle plated freshman David Valesente, while Barnathan crossed the plate for the third time in the game on an RBI single by Pursino. The Highlanders added single runs in the seventh and the ninth to set the final margin.
NJIT (6-18) struggled mightily against Hawk pitching, Williams in particular. Williams scattered four hits over his six innings, giving up just one run while striking out four. Junior Andrew Powers, freshman Mark Dolaghan, and junior Don Werner each pitched an inning in relief. Williams improved to 1-3 on the season, while Melody took the loss and fell to 0-4.
SJU returns home for an eight-game homestand starting Friday afternoon. The Hawks will play a weekend series with crosstown rivals La Salle before hosting NJIT on April 18. George Washington comes to Latshaw-McCarthy Field for a three-game set from April 20-22, and the Hawks will close out the homestand on Wednesday, April 25 against Villanova.
First pitch for Friday's game is scheduled for 3:00 PM.