March 28, 2009
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday at Campbell's Field, dropping a pair of contests to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Bonnies took the first game, 3-1, and won the nightcap by an 11-5 score.
In game one, SBU's Sebastian Bellitto pitched well, holding the Hawks off the scoreboard until the fifth inning as St. Bonaventure earned a 3-1 win. The Bonnies pounded out 10 hits on the day as Bellitto went 7.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one run.
St. Bonaventure (11-7, 3-3 Atlantic 10) scored in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Gorby and got a two-out run in the fourth on an RBI single by B.J. Salerno.
The Bonnies got the run back in the seventh as Jesse Bosnik scored on a single by Kevin Suminski.
Saint Joseph's (8-14-1, 3-3 Atlantic 10) threatened in the eighth as David Valesente came to the plate with runners on first and second with two out, but first baseman Ryan Mosher made a diving catch on a foul ball to retire Valesente and send the Hawks down without a run.
Mike Pease came in for the ninth for the Bonnies and gave up a pair of hits, but a double play ball erased the SJU threat as Pease earned his first save of the year.
Bellitto earned the win to improve to 3-1 on the year. Randy Mower (2-3) took the loss for SJU, working seven innings and giving up 10 hits, three runs and two walks while fanning five.
Bases on balls were the story again as a seven-run second inning for St. Bonaventure derailed the Hawks before they even had a chance to get started as SBU went on to win the game, 11-5. Jim Britton improved to 2-1 with the win while A.J. Holland fell to 1-2, throwing just an inning and two-thirds to take the loss.
A leadoff walk to Salerno turned into a run after a wild pitch and a passed ball put him on third base for Suminski, who hit into a fielder's choice to bring the run home.
In the second, Nick Cunliffe led off and reached as Mike Blahusch's throw from third pulled Dewey Oriente off the bag at first. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly made it 2-0 SBU. A groundout left a runner on second with two out when things went south for the Hawks. Salerno was hit by a pitch and Bosnik walked to load the bases for Suminski. Holland was replaced by Bryan Penalo, who walked the only three hitters he faced to allow three more runs across the plate. Ryan Kemp came in to replace Penalo and gave up three more runs on a pair of singles before inducing a groundout to end the inning with the Bonnies ahead, 8-0.
SBU would extend the lead to nine and then 10 on a single by Suminski in the third and on a double play groundout by Brad Steinbach in the sixth.
SJU would get on the board in the sixth as well. Blahusch led off with a double and moved up to third on a groundout by Mike Coleman. Mike Plakis reached on an error by Bosnik that allowed Blahusch to score the first run of the game for Saint Joseph's. After Joe Cook was hit by a pitch, David Valesente hit a two-out single two batters later to bring Plakis home and cut the lead to 10-2.
The Hawks would add three more in the seventh to cut deficit to five. After two quick outs, Blahusch, Coleman, Plakis and Cook hit four consecutive singles, the last two scoring a run apiece. Matt Barnathan then drew a walk to load the bases for David Valesente, who hit a ground ball that was misplayed by Bosnik, scoring Plakis with an unearned run. Reliever Dennis Sherba then struck out Kevin Taylor to end the threat.
The Bonnies scored their final run of the game on a single through the right side by Anthony Randich.
Saint Joseph's tried to mount one more rally in the eighth as they loaded the bases with two outs, but Steinbach came in from third base to pitch and got Cook to line out to left to end the inning.
Britton went six innings, scattering five hits and ceding two runs. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. For the Hawks, seven pitchers took the mound, none throwing more than two innings. One of them was Chris Hildreth, who gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out two in two innings.
The Hawks will be off until Wednesday afternoon when they will head to University City to take on Penn. Next weekend the Hawks will travel to the Bronx for a three-game Atlantic 10 series with Fordham, who currently sits at 5-1 in conference.