May 7, 2006
NORRISTOWN, PA - A seven-run seventh inning eruption made things interesting, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 10-run deficit, as Saint Joseph's (16-33, 8-13 A-10) dropped the final game of a three-game series to Duquesne (16-29, 10-11 A-10) in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, 10-7. Hawks' junior Mike Gentile continued his torrid hitting going 3-5 at the plate.
Duquesne scored in four of the first five frames, while building a 10-0 lead through six innings. The Dukes plated a pair in the top of the first, four in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth against Hawks starter Jeff Williams and reliever Don Werner.
DU starter Jeff Naughton cruised through the first six innings, but the Hawks got back into the ballgame sending 12 men to the plate and scoring seven times in the seventh inning. SJU loaded the bases with a double, a single and an error. SJU then plated its first run when Mike Blahusch was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. After a strikout, St. Joe's then got back-to-back doubles from Adriano Petrutz and Gentile. They also got an RBI single from Dustin Onulak during the inning and a RBI double from Chris Cashman.
Duquesne's Alex Sharick would come in and bail Duquesne out of a the jam.
Naughton (4-0) earned the victory after going 6.2 innings and surrendering seven runs (four earned) on eight hits, while striking out 11. Sharick went 2.1 innings for the save. Williams (2-6) suffered the loss giving up six runs on eight hits in three innings. Mark Imbo and Joel Grimshaw kept SJU close late, each tossing two shutout innings in relief.
SJU travels to Rider on Tuesday at 3:00 PM.