Feb. 18, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team couldn't hold on to an early lead as Elon's Chris Vasami had his second straight five-RBI game to lead the Phoenix to an 8-5 victory in Sunday's series-ending showdown. J.D. Reichenbach earned the win in relief, while sophomore Chris Prescott took the loss for the Hawks. Ryan Basham earned his first save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning for Elon.
The Phoenix (4-2) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Vasami drilled a single through the left side to plate two runners. The Hawks (0-6) took the lead in the second, with freshman David Valesente scoring on a throwing error for the first Hawk run. Senior Mike Gentile scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Chris Cashman to knot the game. Junior Mike Blahusch's bases-loaded single scored freshman Dewey Oriente to put SJU in front, 3-2. The Hawks would add to the lead in the third, as an Oriente sacrifice fly brought in junior Jeremy Jakubowski.
After tying the game in the home half of the third, Elon took the lead for good on an RBI double by Vasami. The Phoenix would tack on three more in the seventh, the last two on Pat Irvine's first home run of the season. Jakubowski hit an RBI single in the eighth to score junior Tim Smith and close out the scoring.
On the day, Valesente led Saint Joseph's with three hits and a run scored. Gentile and Jakubowski added two hits apiece, as did sophomore Ben Wendle. On the mound, freshman Pat Monaghan surrendered five hits and four runs in three innings. Prescott conceded four runs on five hits, striking out three. Junior Andrew Powers pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing one hit while fanning two.
The Hawks return to the diamond on Saturday, February 24 when they travel to Rockville, MD to take on the Georgetown Hoyas in an afternoon doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for noon.