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HAWKS RALLY TO TIE TOWSON, 5-5
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
TOWSON, MD (03/07/02) - Senior Pace Bradshaw smacked a two out two-run single in the bottom the ninth to help the Saint Joseph's University baseball team (1-6-1) rally from a two run deficit to tie Towson (4-1-1) at Elmwood Park's Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Knotted at 5-5, the contest was called due to darkness after ten innings. Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, SJU got lead-off walks from juniors Mike DeLorenzo and Kevin Dougher. A sacrifice bunt by fellow junior Jim Kelly moved pinch runner freshman Bryan Brown and Dougher into scoring position. Now with a pair of runners in scoring position, Towson made a pitching change. The Tigers called on junior Ray Saucer to relieve junior Andy Hampton. After Saucer struckout the first batter he faced, SJU was down to its final out. Bradshaw then lifted a soft line drive just over the outstretched arms of the second baseman. The ball dropped into centerfield allowing Brown and Dougher to race home with the tying runs. SJU had built an early 3-1 lead in the game. Junior Mike Walls scored the first run of the game, coming in to score from second base on an error after being hit by a pitch. After Towson equalized on a solo home run by freshman Shane Justis to open the third inning, SJU tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning on a double by sophomore Bill McCollum. Towson took the lead by scoring single runs in the fourth and seventh innings and tallying a pair of unearned runs in the sixth. Neither team's starting pitcher figured in the decision although both threw well. The Hawks got six solid innings from freshman Ryan Hoagey, surrendering just two earned runs and striking out three. Towson received 6.1 innings from senior Jason Walter. St. Joe's will now hit the road for nearly three weeks, not playing another home game until the team hosts Rider on March 26. The team will next take the diamond on Saturday and Sunday, kicking off its spring break trip with the three-game set at James Madison.