April 23, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - Despite a five-run ninth inning from the visitors, the Saint Joseph's baseball team took the first game of its crucial weekend series with La Salle, 10-6, at Campbell's Field. Senior lefthander Randy Mower got all but the final out, giving up just one earned run, while eight of the nine players in the starting lineup got hits for the Hawks.
With the win, SJU moves into a tie with the Explorers for third place in the Atlantic 10.
La Salle (13-22 overall, 8-5 Atlantic 10) got on the board in the top of the second when Mark Schoch singled in Chris Umstead, who had led off with a triple to right.
Saint Joseph's (13-18 overall, 8-5 Atlantic 10) jumped ahead with a pair in the second. With runners at the corners and one out, Joe Cook ripped a double to the wall in left center to score a run and tie the game. The hit was the 100th of Cook's career, making him the 52nd player in SJU history to reach that plateau.
A sacrifice fly by Quinn Renner scored the go-ahead run, giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, a two-out single by Kevin Taylor drove in a run before Ryan McDonald hopped aboard the milestone train, lacing a single into left for both a pair of RBI and the 100th hit of his own career, extending the SJU lead to four.
The Hawks loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the sixth on three straight walks by La Salle starter Eric Van Wyk, but the lefty was able to escape the jam by inducing a fly ball to left.
Saint Joseph's posted a four-spot in the seventh on a single by Cook, a two-run double by Renner, and a single by Mike Coleman. The Hawks extended the lead in the eighth as McDonald grounded to first, plating Dewey Oriente and putting SJU ahead, 10-1.
Things got a little hairy in the ninth for Mower, however, as Schoch reached on a one-out error by Renner. Three hits, a walk, and one out later, Jon Gyles ended Mower's outing with a bases-loaded triple to the right field corner.
Senior Adam Rivera came on and retired Jeff Flax on two pitches to end the game.
Mower (3-3) finished with a deceptive line, getting charged with six runs, but just one earned, and a dozen hits. He issued just the one walk while striking out a pair. Van Wyk took the loss to fall to 3-1 after allowing five runs, four earned, and eight hits in six innings. He issued three walks and struck out three batters.
The Hawk offense got on track Friday afternoon as both Cook and Taylor had three hits while Coleman, McDonald, and Brett Tiagwad added a pair each. McDonald and Renner also knocked in three apiece, while Cook brought home two.
Due to impending rain on Sunday, the teams will conclude the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon. The previously scheduled Alumni and Family Day will go on as planned. The "Kid's Zone" at Campbell's Field will be open during the first game, and between games, youngsters will be permitted to run the bases.
Live stats and streaming audio will be available at www.sjuhawks.com.