March 24, 2007
OLEAN, NY - The Saint Joseph's baseball team opened up Atlantic 10 conference play on Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. A four-run fifth inning propelled St. Bonaventure to a 6-3 win in the first game. In the nightcap, Saint Joseph's scored eight runs in the top of the first and cruised to a 12-4 victory.
In game one, St. Bonaventure (6-10, 1-1 Atlantic 10) took a 2-0 lead before SJU knotted the game in the fifth inning. An RBI groundout by junior Chris Cashman and an RBI single by senior Adriano Petrutz brought home freshman Drew Smith and senior Mike Gentile, respectively. The Bonnies effectively put the game out of reach by tallying four runs in the bottom of the frame. An RBI double in the seventh by sophomore Ben Wendle drove home junior Tim Smith to set the final margin.
Freshman Adam Rivera took the loss for the Hawks to fall to 1-1. He worked four and a third innings, surrendering six runs on six hits. Jim Britton (2-1) earned the win with seven strong innings, and Cody Vincent notched the save for the Bonnies.
Saint Joseph's (3-14, 1-1 Atlantic 10) got off to a quick start in game two, posting an eight-spot in the top of the first inning. Petrutz led off the game by reaching on an error, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by senior Matt Godusky. Sophomore Philip Pursino freshman David Valesente, and junior Jeremy Jakubowski added RBI singles in the stanza as the Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead. SBU closed the gap to 8-3 after three, but the Hawks added two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. In the fourth, Wendle and junior Jereme Scott hit RBI singles, while Pursino doubled and then scored on an error in the fifth. SJU notched one final tally in the ninth, when Pursino grounded into a double play, bringing home Wendle.
Freshman Randall Mower notched the win for the Hawks, improving to 2-1 on the young season. Eddie Williams took the loss for the Bonnies.
The rubber game in the series will take place at noon Sunday at St. Bonaventure's Fred Handler park at McGraw-Jennings Field.