March 22, 2006
NORRISTOWN, PA - A seven-run fifth inning helped Villanova (10-8) muscle past Saint Joseph's (7-16) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, 15-8. The Hawks had rallied to tie the game at 4-4 after four frames when the Wildcats broke the game open. Five different Hawks had two hits each in the game, which was called after eight innings due to darkness.
A typical mid-week slugfest, the two teams combined for 30 hits and used 11 pitchers.
St. Joe's took the lead with a single run in the second, but errors then opened the door for each team. Villanova tallied four unearned runs off Hawk starter Justin Trudell in the third to take the lead, 4-1. SJU, however answered back with three unearned runs against Frank Jankowski in the home half of the fourth to tie the game at 4-4.
The Wildcats broke things open with seven runs in the fifth. Three of the first four batters for VU walked to load the bases. Villanova then strung together five straight hits to take control. The big blows were a bases clearing three-run triple by Craig Mirsky and a RBI triple by Jeremy Hunt.
VU added single runs in the sixth and seventh, while SJU added two runs in the bottom half of each frame to claw within 13-8. The Wildcats iced teh contest with a pair of runs in teh top of the ninth.
Jankowski (2-0) picked up the win in relief for VU, allowing three hits and three unearned runs in two innings of work. SJU's Joel Grimshaw (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering five uns in 0.1 innings in teh fifth.
SJU opens Atlantic 10 Conference play with a three-game weekend series at Temple.
Photos from today's game and previous Hawk games are available at www.sidephotos.com.