April 4, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's baseball team will head to Charlotte, NC this week to take on the Charlotte 49ers in the team's first Atlantic 10 series of April. The Hawks come in on a two-game skid, falling Sunday to Dayton and on Tuesday at Villanova. Charlotte, on the other hand, has won four in a row and eight of nine to amass a 23-5 record (5-1 in A-10 play) on the season.
Last weekend, SJU dropped two of three games to Dayton. The Hawks fell by a 6-3 score on Friday afternoon, despite three RBIs from sophomore Ben Wendle. On Saturday, Saint Joseph's earned a 3-2 victory, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when senior Mike Gentile's single scored junior Jeremy Jakubowski with one out. Freshman lefty Randall Mower was superb, pitching eight strong innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on just four hits while striking out seven. Junior Mark Imbo got the win in his team-leading 10th appearance of the season. On Sunday, Dayton rebounded to take a 9-2 decision after SJU freshman Pat Monaghan struggled through just two innings on the mound.
Charlotte swept its weekend series against Massachusetts, winning by scores of 3-1, 6-1, and 13-5. Friday's victory was the first game played at the new Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium. Charlotte also won on Tuesday, defeating Winthrop 8-5. Senior catcher Kris Rochelle leads the 49er offense with a .470 batting average. He has started all 28 games, recording 47 hits, three homeruns, and 28 RBIs. Junior outfielder Brad McElroy is hitting .418, and leads the team with four homeruns and 33 RBIs. On the mound, Charlotte relies on senior righthander Adam Mills. Mills is 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA in nine starts, and leads the squad with 85 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 67.2 innings. As a team, the 49ers have an earned run average of just 2.60.
For the Hawks, freshman Drew Smith is hitting .375 in 13 games played. Of the starters, Mike Gentile has boosted his average up to .323 after getting off to a slow start in February. Jeremy Jakubowski's .322 average places him third on the squad, while his 17 runs scored are a team best. He has also driven in 12 runs, second behind Ben Wendle. Wendle has recorded 15 RBIs and has scored 15 runs of his own.
On the hill, Randall Mower leads the team with a 2-1 record in seven starts. He also leads the Hawks with 24 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. In relief, junior Andrew Powers has been strong, holding hitters to a .235 batting average in his seven appearances. Freshman Mark Dolaghan has been relied on in a middle-to-long relief role, and has made two starts as well.
The series begins on Thursday night at 6:00 PM at Hayes Stadium. It continues on Friday, also at 6:00 PM, and wraps up with the series finale Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM. The expected pitching matchups are as follows (SJU pitcher listed first):
Thursday, April 5: Fr. RHP Adam Rivera (1-2, 6.85 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Adam Mills (7-1, 1.20) Friday, April 6: Fr. LHP Randall Mower (2-1, 4.94) vs. Sr. LHP Spencer Steedley (4-0, 2.81) Saturday, April 7: TBA vs. So. RHP Zach Rosenbaum (3-0, 3.16)