Hawks Comeback Comes Up Short at GA Southern
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/18/2006

Feb. 18, 2006

Box Score

STATESBORO. GA - Saint Joseph's (0-2) rallied from two-run deficits in the sixth and seventh innings, but were unable to overtake Georgia Southern (4-4) and dropped the final contest of a three-game weekend series, 4-3, at J.I. Clements Stadium. Junior Matt Godusky and sophomonre Mike Blahush each had two hits for the Hawks. Bob Unkel (0-1) went five innings on the hill, but took the loss.

St. Joe's jumped on the scoreboard first scoring in the top of the second inning. Godusky led off the inning with a double. He moved to second on a ground ball and scored the game's first run on a sacrifce fly by junior Mike Gentile.

GSU broke through in the fifth inning scoring three times off Unkel to take the lead, 3-1. A sacrifice fly and a two-run homer by Griffin Benedict accounted for the offense.

The teams exchanged single runs in the sixth inning to make the score 4-2. The Hawks tallied on a sacrifice fly by junior Adriano Petrutz in the inning.

SJU nearly took the lead in the seventh inning. Godusky led off the frame with a home run off Eagles starter Josh Lairsey. The Crimson and Gray then loaded the bases with two outs against GSU reliever Dave Cogswell, but were unable to push the tying run across.

The Hawks would get just a single runner aboard int eh final two innings.

Lairsey (2-1) earned the win after tossing 6.2 innings and striking out four. Unkel (0-1) took the loss walking five with two strikeouts in five innings.