March 10, 2009
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team fought hard on Tuesday night but in the end fell just short against the nation's sixth-ranked team, losing to Miami (Fla.) by a final score of 11-6 at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Saint Joseph's (1-8) took a quick 3-0 lead when Ryan McDonald continued his torrid pace with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. McDonald's dinger gave him a hit in eight straight games and gave him 10 hits in his first 15 at bats during SJU's spring break swing through Florida.
Miami (11-2) struck back quickly, touching up Hawk starter Randy Mower for four runs in the bottom half of the frame. The Hurricanes added two more in the second on a pair of infield singles and three Hawk errors before extending the lead to 7-3 on a leadoff home run in the third.
The Hawks got back in the game in the top of the fourth with another three-spot. After a leadoff walk by David Valesente was followed by a ground out and a fly out, Mike Boyland singled to center, bringing home Valesente. Joe Cook followed with a walk before Mike Coleman ripped a double to right center to plate Boyland and advance Cook to third. Mat Barnathan then drove home Cook with a single through the right side to cut the deficit to 7-6 before UM starter John Housey induced a ground out to get out of the inning.
The score would remain at 7-6 until the seventh inning, when the Hurricanes flexed their offensive muscles to put the game away. Three singles and a double helped Miami pad the lead with four big runs, while SJU would not threaten in the final two innings.
Mower went five innings, giving up seven runs, five of them earned, on 11 hits to take the loss, falling to 0-2 on the young season. Miami reliever Michael Rudman improved to 2-0, earning the win with 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.
Coleman broke out of his early-season slump in a major way Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in.
The Hawks will wrap up their spring break trip on Wednesday afternoon with a game against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 3:00 p.m.