March 28, 2007
NORRISTOWN, PA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team once again failed to hold on to a lead, this time giving up a two-run single to Rider's Eric Woodrow with two outs in the ninth inning to allow the Broncs to come from behind and earn a 6-5 victory. For the Hawks, senior Mike Gentile continued his hot streak, going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the home opener for SJU.
Rider (4-13) got on the board in the top of the third on an RBI groundout by designated hitter David Hayes. The Hawks equalized in the bottom half when an RBI groundout by senior Matt Godusky scored junior Mike Blahusch. The Broncs chased starter Jeff Williams from the game in the fourth and scored three more runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Saint Joseph's (3-17) scored two in the bottom of the fifth to pull within a run. With two outs and a runner on first, Godusky reached on an error, bringing home junior Jeremy Jakubowski. Junior catcher Ken Pustizzi drove Godusky home with an RBI single two batters later. The Hawks got the equalizer in the seventh on a bases-loaded RBI single to left by junior shortstop Chris Cashman.
SJU took a brief lead in the bottom of the eighth when Gentile hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Adriano Petrutz. Rider then took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth on Woodrow's single, and James Hayes sent the Hawks down in order in the bottom half to secure the save for reliever Mike Petrowski.
Junior righthander Andrew Powers was strong in relief for SJU, throwing three scoreless innings to keep the Broncs at bay during the Hawk rally. Sophomore Justin Trudell took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the season.
The Hawks return to the diamond on Friday, March 30 to face the Dayton Flyers in Atlantic 10 action. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM at Latshaw-McCarthy Field.