May 19, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team was victimized once again by the big inning, as Rhode Island scored five runs in the top of the seventh on its way to a 10-8 victory over the Hawks on Saturday afternoon. The Rams advance to the 2007 Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship, while the season comes to a close for the Hawks.
Rhode Island (22-28, 16-11 Atlantic 10) scored a run in the top of the first inning after a leadoff double by Dave Savard was followed by consecutive singles by Scott Brown and Eric Larson to plate the run. However, Hawk starter Jeff Williams induced a double play and then fielded an inning-ending groundout to end the threat.
Saint Joseph's (10-39, 6-21 Atlantic 10) took the lead in the bottom of the first as senior Mike Gentile drove in two runs with an RBI single to give SJU a 2-1 lead. Junior Jeremy Jakubowski and senior Matt Godusky scored on the play. The Hawks extended the lead in the bottom of the third as Godusky and Gentile scored on a triple to center by senior Kevin Walsh.
URI added a tally in the fourth on an RBI single by Shaun Hagey, but SJU regained the three-run lead in the bottom of the frame, with junior Jereme Scott scoring on an RBI single by Jakubowski.
The wheels came off for the Hawks in the top of the sixth inning, as Brown hit a three-run home run with two outs to tie the game at 5-5. In the seventh, Williams retired the first batter in the inning before being replaced by junior Andrew Powers. Powers struggled, surrendering five runs in the inning before giving way to classmate Mark Imbo.
SJU added three in the bottom of the ninth, as the Hawks had pinch-hit RBIs from Ben Wendle and Drew Smith, but were not able to complete the comeback. All eight of SJU's runs in the game came with two outs.
Rhode Island starter Adam Perkins worked into the seventh, giving up five runs and scattering nine hits, striking out three while walking four. Perkins earned the win to improve to 4-7 on the season. Powers took the loss to fall to 1-1.
The loss marks the final game of the 2007 season for Saint Joseph's, and the final collegiate game for five Hawk seniors. Gentile, Godusky, Walsh, Williams, and Adriano Petrutz were honored for their four years of service in a pre-game ceremony.