ST. JOSEPH'S SQUEAKS BY PENN IN MIDWEEK MATCHUP, 6-5
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (04/04/01) - St. Joseph's (7-13-1) used five different pitchers, but scattered just five hits, as the Hawks edged Pennsylvania (13-7) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, 6-5. Senior Kevin Kirkby hurled a perfect ninth inning to collect his eighth career save and tie the SJU career record. Mike DeVincentis went 3-4 with a couple of RBI for the Crimson and Gray. The game was knotted a five apiece in the bottom of the eighth inning, but St. Joseph's manufactured the winning run with some help from the bottom of its lineup. Pace Bradshaw was walked by Penn's Mark Lacerenza to open the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Lacerenza was replaced by Russ Brocato, Tom Gibson sacrificed him to third base. Jason Tarewicz, pinch hitting for Rich Caloiero, then plated the eventual winning run on a sacrifice fly. In the ninth, Kirkby made it look easy, mowing through the Quaker lineup. He got the first batter to fly out to rightfield and then caught the next two batters looking to notch his third save of the year. Kirkby now has eight for his career to match Chuck Malloy's school record. The Hawks trailed early in the game 3-0 after Penn plated three runs in the top of the fourth, but SJU answered back with four in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead, 4-3. Each team tacked on single runs in the fifth and the Quakers tied the game at 5-5 with another run in the sixth. While SJU used five pitchers and the Quakers threw four, both teams managed to plate the bulk of their runs off a single hurler. UP scored all five runs off of Mike Minerva , while SJU scored five times off freshman Mike Souders. Lacerenza took the loss for Penn, while sophomore John Kokol earned his first collegiate win. In addition to DeVincentis, Eric Wyatt went 2-3 and reached base four times, while Tim Gunn was 1-3 with a double and a RBI. Both extended their hitting streaks to 10-games. The Quakers received production from their Big Boppers Chris May , who was 2-3 with a pair of runs and Andrew McCreery , wo went 1-3 with a triple and 2 RBI. Wednesday's game was broadcast on the CN-8 network. It will be aired on tape-delay on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM and Sunday morning at 10:00 AM.