April 22, 2006
BRONX, NY - A six-run ninth inning rally allowed Saint Joseph's (15-25, 7-7 A-10) to stun Fordham (17-22, 9-5 A-10) for the second-straight day in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Houlihan Park, 7-4. Hawk freshman Chris Prescott worked the final 2.1 innings for the win, while junior Mike Gentile and sophomores Chris Cashman and Jeremy Jakubowski each added two hits.
For the second straight game the Fordham bullpen couldn't hold a lead and gave up a big inning. Yesterday, the Rams led 5-0 before surrendering eight runs in the seventh while today the Rams led 4-1 entering the ninth before allowing the six runs.
Fordham starter Tom Davis was cruising through the first eight, allowing five hits and one run before allowing a leadoff single to Mike Gentile to open the Hawks' ninth. Matt Godusky followed with a double that went between Fordham third baseman Jordon Lert and the third base bag to put runners on second and third. Peter Kennelly came on to relieve Davis but walked the first batter he faced, Greg Mason, with ball four going all the way to the backstop allowing Gentile to score and Godusky to move to third. Adriano Petrutz came on to pinch run for Mason and Jeremy Jakubowski singled to score Godusky to make it a one-run game, 4-3, with Petrutz taking third on the play. Mike Blahusch followed with a single to score Petrutz and tie the game at four. After James Sammut came on to pitch for Fordham, Chris Cashman greeted him with a single to plate Jakubowski and break the tie. After Michael Gers sacrificed the runners to second and third, Smith singled to left to make it a 7-4 game.
Prescott then retired the Rams in order in the bottom of the inning for his second collegiate win.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the sixth as Cashman led off with an infield single, was sacrificed to second and scored on a Jereme Scott single.
The Rams claimed a 4-1 lead with four runs in the seventh, all with two outs. Danny Leach opened the Fordham seventh with a walk and, one out later, stole second. PJ Como was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second and, one out later, Rich Goulian delivered both runners with a double. After Greg Smith was intentionally walked, John Mollicone brought in Goulian and Smith with a double to left center.
Prescott threw two and a third innings of two-hit relief, striking out two, to earn the win for the Hawks while Gentile, Cashman and Jakubowski each collected a pair of hits.
The two teams will close out their three-game Atlantic 10 series on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at Houlihan Park.