Early Outburst Lifts Saint Joseph's Past NJIT

Matt Schlitter connects for two triples

April 11, 2007

Box Score

NEWARK, NJ - Saint Joseph's (PA) scored seven runs in the first three innings and ended with a 9-3 win over New Jersey Institute of Technology in Wednesday evening baseball action at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.

The Hawks, who rapped out 16 hits in the game, scored three times in the second inning, four more runs in the third and then a run in the top of the fourth for an 8-0 lead before NJIT managed to get on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth.

Saint Joe's, which added another run in the fifth, was held scoreless over the last four innings, but it was more than enough to win, as NJIT picked up single runs in the bottom of the seventh and the bottom of the ninth.

Starting corner outfielders Ben Wendle and Matt Barnahan each went 3-for-4 to the Hawks at the plate. Barnahan scored three runs and Wendle had two singles and a double. Three other Hawks--2B David Valesente, 3B Adriano Petrutz and SS Chris Cashman--had two hits each. C Phil Pursino drove in two runs, going 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

Senior RHP Jeff Williams (1-3) started and got the win for the visitors, working a strong six innings and scattering four hits, while allowing one run, with four strikeouts and two walks. The Hawks used a different pitcher in each of the last three innings to seal the win.

For NJIT, junior DH Matt Schlitter and freshman C Randy Scott both had 2-for-4 games at the plate. Both hits for Schlitter were triples and each figured in the team's first two runs.

Schlitter's first triple in the fourth inning drove home LF Derrick McCain for NJIT's first run. Later, Schlitter led off the seventh inning with another triple and scored his team's second run on a ground out RBI by 3B Andrew Small.

Captain Austin DeRogatis closed the scoring with his first home run of the season, a shot over the left field fence leading off the ninth inning. The senior has had only 25 at-bats this season after missing nearly three weeks after being hit by a pitch in Florida on March 11. He finished Wednesday's game 1-for-3 with a base on balls.

Senior RF Kwesi Mitchell was held hitless for the first time in 23 appearances this season. He was 0-for-4, with his best bid to continue the streak coming on his last at-bat, when his low line drive up the middle was snagged by the shortstop, Cashman, to end the eighth inning.

NJIT's starting pitcher Matt Melody (0-4) took the loss, pitching into the third innings and yielding eight hits and seven runs (six earned). The last two Highlander pitchers-- Chris Parenti and Brian Ascolese --combined for four scoreless innings.

The Highlanders are slated to host Caldwell in a doubleheader on Sunday at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 1 pm.


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