NORRISTOWN, Pa. (03/25/01) - Senior Eric Wyatt scattered 7 hits and held George Washington (12-9, 2-1 A-10) to just 2 runs, as St. Joseph's (6-11-1, 1-2 A-10) salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Colonials, 5-2. An outstanding baseball game, the contest featured excellent pitching, clutch hitting and high-drama. On the hill, Wyatt outdueled G.W. ace Jason Baker to improve to 3-1 on the season. Baker, meanwhile suffered his first defeat and fell to 3-1. Each starter tossed 7.1 innings and struckout 3. Offensively, the Crimson and Gray scored a pair of runs in the first inning and added single marks in the sixth seventh and eighth inning, all off of Baker. Senior Tim Gunn was in the middle things for the Hawks as they added insurance runs late. In the sixth, Mike DeVincnetis led off the inning with a single off the glove of the third baseman. A sacrifice bunt by Jim Reilly then pushed DeVincentis to third, as an errant throw by Baker rolled down the rightfield line. Reilly was cut down at second, trying to take an extra base on the play. Gunn then laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to plate DeVincentis. In the seventh, Justin Godusky rapped an RBI single to make the score 4-2. Then in the eighth, after G.W. tacked on a single run on a home run by Mike Bassett, Gunn connected again for the Hawks. He crushed a double that scored Reilly and gave SJU its final margin of victory 5-2. The big hit by Gunn helped to atone for an error he committed in the top of the inning that nearly cost SJU a couple of runs. In addition to Wyatt, Mike Minerva came in and closed the door on a Colonial rally in the top of the eighth by getting out of a bases loaded jam. Kevin Kirkby hurled the ninth inning for his seventh career save, one shy of the SJU record. It was the second straight year that the Hawks received a strong outing from Wyatt and captured the final game of a three-game series from G.W. This week, SJU hosts Marist on Tuesday and then travels to Lehigh on Wednesday to make up a game that was rained out last week. Next weekend the Crimsoan dnd Gray hit the road for a three-game set at Massachusetts.
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