Feb. 24, 2008
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team was swept by William and Mary for the second consecutive day, losing by scores of 16-12 and 10-5. Sunday's regularly scheduled series finale was replaced by a doubleheader after a game on Friday was postponed due to weather.
The Hawks (0-4) and the Tribe (4-0) found themselves in a slugfest in the first game of the twinbill. For the third straight contest, the Hawks tallied a lone run in the top of the first inning. Redshirt freshman Mike Coleman led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a single by sophomore Matt Barnathan.
William and Mary responded by scoring five runs with two outs in the bottom of the stanza. The Tribe tallied the runs on just three hits as Hawk starter Pat Monaghan (0-1) was hampered by three walks and a wild pitch in the inning.
SJU came back with a five-spot of its own in the top of the second to take a 6-5 lead. A bases-loaded single by redshirt junior Chris Hildreth brought home two runs, while senior Jeremy Jakubowski's double plated another. A Dewey Oriente sacrifice fly and a Barnathan single scored the final two runs of the inning to put Saint Joseph's ahead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Tribe tacked four more runs on the board in the second on five hits. The Hawks added solitary tallies as Hildreth scored on a double play in the fourth and Joe Cook hit his first career home run, a solo shot in the fifth, to close the gap to 9-8.
The Tribe tacked on one more in the fifth, but SJU got back within one in the seventh as senior Tim Smith scored on a sacrifice fly senior Mike Blahusch. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the game would not get any closer as William and Mary added three-spots in both the seventh and eighth innings.
The Hawks scored twice in the eighth on a double by Oriente and a walk by Mike Boyland, and once more in the ninth on an RBI triple by Jakubowski.
In the second game, William and Mary scored four times in the first, three times in the second, and three times in the fourth on the way to a 10-5 win.
SJU scored a run in the second inning on an RBI double by junior Ben Wendle. After falling behind 7-1, the Hawks tried to climb back into the game with four runs in the fourth. A bases-loaded single by Kenny Pustizzi was followed by a walk from Brian Hartsell to cut the lead to 7-3. Blahusch scored on a double play before Jereme Scott singled in Pustizzi to make it 7-5.
The Tribe put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run by junior Mike Sheridan.
The Hawks will now head to Winter Park, Fla. for their annual Spring Break road trip. SJU will meet Georgetown at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night at Rollins College. In addition to three games with the Hoyas, Saint Joseph's will face off with Holy Cross and Rollins as part of the "Baseball Week at Rollins" event.