April 21, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team suffered its fourth straight defeat on Saturday afternoon, falling to George Washington by the score of 20-8. The Hawks surrendered 22 hits on the day and committed five errors. Senior Kevin Walsh led the way for SJU with two RBIs, while Curtis Eward and Gavin Swanson each drove in four for the Colonials.
George Washington (15-23-1, 7-7 Atlantic 10) sent 11 hitters to the plate in the second inning, tagging freshman starter Randall Mower for six runs on six singles and an error. Mower ceded a seventh run in the third and was then replaced by sophomore Chris Prescott for the fourth.
Saint Joseph's (6-28, 3-11 Atlantic 10) got back in the game in the bottom of the fourth. Reigning Big 5 Baseball Player of the Week Ben Wendle beat out an infield single to lead off the inning. Freshman Drew Smith followed with a single of his own. Senior Matt Godusky was hit by a pitch to load the bases and set up Walsh to knock in two runs with a single. An RBI double by Mike Blahusch, a bases-loaded walk by senior Adriano Petrutz, and a fielder's choice by David Valesente cut the Colonial lead to 9-5.
Prescott then settled down, holding the Colonials scoreless over the next two innings despite loading the bases in the fifth. SJU started off the bottom half of the fifth with a pair of singles, but a double play and a fly out ended the threat. George Washington scored four insurance runs in the top of the seventh to put the game effectively out of reach. Godusky hit an RBI double to drive in Wendle in the bottom of the seventh before the Colonials scored six in the eighth, including a grand slam home run by Swanson, and one in the ninth to set the final margin.
Scott Swinson pitched six innings for GW to notch the win, improving to 4-5 on the season. Swinson gave up five runs and seven hits while striking out five. Mower lasted just three innings for the Hawks, surrendering seven runs on seven hits, striking out two. His record falls to 3-3 on the season.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. First pitch is scheduled for noon.