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HAWK BATS BATTER BONNIES IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
OLEAN, NY (4/26/03) - Exploding for 25 hits, including four home runs, the Saint Joseph's baseball team (15-25, 9-8 A-10) swept St. Bonaventure (18-14-1, 6-7 A-10), 11-1 and 11-10, in a key Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader at McGraw-Jennings Field. SJU pounded Bonnies' ace Kyle Johnson in the opener and then rallied from a 9-4 deficit to win game two. It was a combination of power and pitching that paced SJU in the first game. Senior Mike Walls set the tone by smacking a two-run homer in the first inning. Bona pushed across its lone run of the game in the fifth inning against Hawk starter Al Braun to make it a 2-1 game. SJU added insurance in the sixth thanks to a solo homer by senior John Kokol. The Crimson and Gray then knocked out Johnson by erupting for eight runs in the seventh inning. A three-run homer by senior Mike DeLorenzo was the inning's biggest blow. Braun improved to 3-0 on the season, hurling a complete game five-hitter. Johnson, meanwhile, suffered through the worst outing of his collegiate career, allowing 10 earned runs to slip to 6-2. Kokol and junior Bill McCollum each had a pair of hits and DeLorenzo and Walls drove in three runs apiece. Game two featured another late-inning eruption as the Hawks scored seven times in the sixth inning to rally for an 11-10 victory. St. Joe's trailed 9-4 after five innings as St. Bona scored one run in the first, two in both the second and third, and four in the fourth off SJU starter Ryan Hoagey. Single runs in the third and fourth and a two-run homer by Kokol, his second of the day, in the fifth helped get the Hawk bats rolling. The first seven Hawks to come to the plate all reached base and scored in the sixth, first knocking out Bonnies' starter Kevin Niemczura and then pounding Soren Johnson, the younger brother of SBU's game one starter. A pair of two-run doubles, one by DeLorenzo and the other by McCollum keyed the rally. SBU plated another run in the bottom of the sixth to creep within one, but Walls came in and closed the door in the seventh to pick up his third save of the season. McCollum (3-2) earned the victory by tossing 1.2 innings of relief. Soren Johnson (3-3) took the loss, giving up five runs without recording an out. Senior Kevin Dougher had three hits in the second game, while Walls, Kokol and freshman Ryan Stadanlick each had two. The teams conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a single nine inning game at noon.