Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NEW ORLEANS (2/08/03) - Good hitting, pitching and defense comprise the three fundamental elements of a successful baseball team. Saint Joseph's did only one of those elements well, pounding out 13 hits, in dropping a 27-3 decision to #23 Tulane at Turchin Stadium. The other two components completely failed SJU as the team tied a school record with 10 errors and the Hawks surrendered 19 hits and hit five batters in the loss. The Crimson and Gray fell behind early, as TU scored a run in the first and added two more in the second inning to make it 3-0. Then the floodgates opened as the Green Wave batted around twice in the bottom of the fourth, scoring 14 runs to make it a 17-0 game. TU tacked on four more runs in the fifth and six in the sixth to cruise to the victory. SJU plated single runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings. Bill McCollum (0-1) tossed three innings and, although not sharp, pitched better than the score would indicate, as the defense put him in an early hole. Tulane freshman Billy Mohl earned the win in his first collegiate start. Bright spots for SJU included two scoreless innings of relief by junior Joe Mucci and two hits each by McCollum, senior Mike Walls and sophomore Joe DiNubile. The 10 SJU errors tied the school record set against Vanderbilt in 1986. The five hit bats men, all by sophomore Al Braun, broke the team's individual game record of four previously shared by four players. The Hawks and Wave will wrap up their three game series on Sunday at noon.