May 14, 2005
BROOKLYN, NY - Saint Joseph's (13-35, 7-13 A-10) got complete games from freshman Jason Hessler and senior Ryan Hoagey on the hill, but it wasn't enough as SJU was edged by Fordham (32-18, 16-7 A-10), 3-1 and 2-1, in an Atlantic 10 baseball doubleheader at Keyspan Park.
The first game was scoreless pitcher's duel between the Rams Javier Martinez and the Hawks' Hessler as the game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. With one out in the Fordham sixth, Gary Kaible doubled down the right field line and one out later, Jeremy Bourgeois was intentionally walked. John Mollicone followed with a single that broke the scoreless tie with Bourgeois moving to third and Mollicone to second when the throw from Saint Joseph's center fielder Jeremy Jakubowski went to the backstop. Brian Keeney then delivered Bourgeois and Mollicone with a single to give the Rams a 3-0 lead.
The Hawks threatened in the seventh as Mike Gentile opened the inning with a single and one out later, stole second. After Adriano Petrutz walked, Rob Pimpinella hit what appeared to be a double play ball but is was mishandled and the bases were loaded. Dustin Onulak ground out to first to score Gentile but Martinez then got Mike Davis to pop up to second to end the game.
Martinez evens his record at 5-5 on the year while picking up his first complete game. Hessler fell to 3-6 despite striking out a career-high seven batters.
Game two was another pitcher's duel between Fordham's Tom Davis and Hoagey. The Hawks got on the board first, scoring an unearned run the top of the second. Pimpinella opened the frame with a single and one out later, Kenny Puztizzi walked. Andrew Heineman then reached on an error with Pimpinella scoring on the play.
The Rams tied the game in the home half of the inning with an infield single and a throwing error. A balk moved the runner to third and a sacrifice fly tied the game.
The score remained 1-1 until the Rams connected on a solo home run to lead off the sixth.
Davis retired the first two Hawks in the top of the seventh before walking Gentile. But he then got Nick Baldasari to fly out to end the game.
Davis (5-4) allowed four hits and no earned runs while striking out three. Hoagey allowed just five hits and one earned run, while striking out seven but dropped to 3-7 on the year. Baldasari had a couple of hits for the Hawks
The two teams will close out their three-game series on Sunday with a single game beginning at noon at Keyspan Park.