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Ninth-Inning Heroics Earn Baseball a Doubleheader Split with St. Bonaventure
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  05/10/2008

May 10, 2008

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A single by Chris Cashman with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth brought home the winning run as Saint Joseph's took the second game of Saturday's Atlantic 10 baseball doubleheader, 5-4, over St. Bonaventure. That win earned the Hawks a split as the Bonnies jumped ahead early and cruised to a 12-5 victory in the opener.

St. Bonaventure (25-21, 12-11 Atlantic 10) batted around twice on its way to a 12-5 victory in the first game of Saturday's twinbill. Lefthander Cody Vincent earned the win, going all nine innings for SBU to improve to 5-5.

The Bonnies used a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a groundout, and a single to manufacture the first run of the game to take a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Three errors and three hits in the top of the second inning then staked SBU to a big 6-0 lead.

Four SBU runs on four more hits in the top of the fifth chased SJU starter Randy Mower (6-5) from the game and put St. Bonaventure up 10-0. The Bonnies tacked on another two runs in the inning on a sacrifice fly and a balk to extend the lead to a dozen.

Saint Joseph's (17-30, 8-15 Atlantic 10) ended the shutout bid in the bottom of the seventh, posting a four-spot on the scoreboard. After a pair of singles and a passed ball, Evan Spano hit a sacrifice fly to take the goose egg off the board. A fly out and a hit batsman later, Brian Hartsell hit a two-run double to right center before Jeremy Jakubowski followed with an RBI single.

The Hawks would add a final tally in the ninth on an RBI triple by Jakubowski. His fourth three-bagger of the year ties him for the seventh-most in a single season in SJU history. He now has eight for his career, which also ties him for seventh on the program's all-time career list.

In the nightcap, SJU's furious ninth-inning rally culminated in Cashman's game-winning hit as the Hawks came from behind to defeat the Bonnies, 5-4. Justin Trudell earned the win to improve to 3-5, while Jim Britton took the loss for SBU, falling to 4-4.

SJU took a short-lived lead in the bottom of the first as Mike Coleman led off with a single, advanced to third on a single by Hartsell, and then scored on a double play groundout by Jakubowski.

An RBI double by Anthony Randich and an RBI single by Jesse Bosnik put the Bonnies on top, 2-1, after one and a half. SBU tallied again in the third on a single by Josh Sova.

Saint Joseph's answered in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the deficit to one on an RBI single by David Valesente. St. Bonaventure responded in the top of the fifth as Randy Moley scored on a passed ball to put the Bonnies up 4-2.

Hartsell notched another RBI on a single through the left side in the bottom of the sixth, plating Coleman with an unearned run to bring SJU back within one, where the margin would stay until the bottom of the ninth.

With one out in the final stanza, Mike Boyland fought back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk. Matt Barnathan then hit the first pitch he saw through the left side to put runners on first and second. Tim Smith came in to pinch run for Boyland, while Jereme Scott did the same for Barnathan. With two speedy runners on base, Kenny Pustizzi's single to shallow left center allowed Smith to score the tying run. Cashman then stepped to the plate and drilled a 2-1 pitch just past the outstretched glove of the shortstop and into left center to plate Scott with the winning run and send the SJU fans home happy.

Hartsell finished the day as SJU's most productive hitter, going 5-for-8 with three RBIs and a run scored.

On the mound, lefthander Quentin Farr threw three and a third strong innings in relief of Dominic Favazza in game two, keeping the Bonnies off the scoreboard after the fifth inning to allow the Hawks the opportunity to make a comeback.

The teams will return to Latshaw-McCarthy Field on Sunday for the rubber game of the series. Senior righthander Don Werner will be on the hill for the Hawks, and will be opposed by lefty Michael Proctor.

Sunday also marks Senior Day, as Saint Joseph's will honor its departing seniors in a pre-game ceremony beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m.