Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (3/31/04)- Sophomore Jason Volker tossed a nine inning complete game and freshman Mike Gentile snapped a 2-2 tie with a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift Saint Joseph's (5-24) to a 4-2 victory over Pennsylvania (5-13) at Murphy Field. Gentile, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, stepped to the plate with one out in the top of the eighth and rocked his second home run of the season over the right field wall to put SJU ahead, 3-2, for good. Penn allowed the Hawks to get on the board first on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning. Gentile and Jason Tarewicz (1-for-4) each singled through the right side to start off the game for the Hawks. The Red and Blue tied the score in the bottom of the fourth. Gentile drove in the Hawks' second run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth to score Adriano Petrutz (1-for-2, 1 run) who had reached base on a walk. Penn knotted the score at two in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Goldblatt (2-for-4, 1 run) started things off in the sixth with a single down the left field line. After being sacrificed to second by pinch-hitter Kasey Adler, Goldblatt scored on a Sean Abate (1-for-2, 1 RBI) base hit down the left field line. The Quakers had their opportunities to go ahead in the bottom of the seventh loading the bases with nobody out, but Volker battledout of the jam. Volker went the distance, giving up just two runs on four hits and striking out three Quakers to improve his record to 1-4. Brian Kelly, one of seven pitchers to take the mound for Penn, picked up his second loss of the season, giving up one run on two hits in one and two-thirds innings of work. The Hawks return to Atlantic 10 Conference play this weekend with a three game series against Dayton at Latshaw-McCarthy Field.