HAWKS RALLY, BUT UMASS DEFEATS SJU 11-9
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
AMHERST, MA (05/09/01) - The St. Joseph's baseball team (22-24-1, 9-9 A-10) rallied from deficits of 6-1 and 8-4, but Massachusetts (23-17,13-6 A-10) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the final game of a three-game series, 11-9. The loss completed a series sweep by UMass and officially eliminated SJU from A-10 Tournament contention. Three-run home runs by Eric Wyatt and Tim Gunn ignited the Hawk comeback. After SJU scored in the top of the first inning, UMass scored two runs in each of the next three innings off Hawk Starter Eric Vardijan to build up a 6-1 lead. Vardijan was then replaced by John Kokol, who kept the UMass attack in check until the bats came alive for the Crimson and Gray. In the fifth inning, SJU trimmed the Minuteman lead to 6-4 on a three-run bomb by Wyatt. Jason Tarewicz, starting for the injured Kevin Kirkby, and Justin Godusky started off the inning with singles. Wyatt then followed with a blast to left center. UM battled back with two more runs in the home half of the fifth inning, but a five run sixth brought SJU all of the way back and gave the Crimson and Gray a 9-8 advantage. Rich Caloiero started the inning with a double and Godusky then singled him home. After Godusky went to second on a wild pitch, Mike DeVincentis drove him home with a single. An infield single by Jim Reilly then set the table for Gunn. Gunn hammered a 3-1 fastball deep to right centerfield for his team-leading sixth round tripper of the year. UMass rallied, however, as the Hawks made the call to Jim Boylan in the seventh inning. Boylan, one of SJU's conference starters, pitched on just three days rest. The Minutemen scratched across a single run in the seventh and then plated two more in the eighth to take the lead, 11-9. In the top of the ninth the Hawks got runners to second and third, but could not drive in the tying runs. Tarewicz, Godusky and DeVincentis each had three hits for the Hawks. Godusky also scored three runs. Gunn now ranks second in SJU history with 19 home runs. Wyatt, meanwhile, is tied for third with 18 big blasts. Also achieving a milestone in the game was DeVincentis who was playing in his 203rd game as a Hawk. That number ties Kirkby for first on the SJU career list. Kirkby missed the game, the first of his career after being hit in the face with a pitch on Tuesday. Kirkby is likely to return to the lineup on Saturday against Rhode Island. SJU wraps up the season this weekend with a three-game series against Rhode Island on Saturday and Sunday at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. SJU will salute its 11 seniors in pregame ceremonies on Sunday.