NORRISTOWN, Pa. (04/14/01) - The St. Joseph's baseball team improved its record to 13-15-1 overall with a sweep of a split doubleheader against Bloomfield College (3-18) and Delaware Valley College (16-4). SJU topped Bloomfield in the opener, 15-7, and then topped DelVal in the second game, 8-6. Senior Eric Wyatt became the Hawks' all-time leading base stealer with a pair of thefts in game two, giving him 49 for his career. Against Delaware Valley, the Hawks built up a 7-2 lead and then had to hold off a feisty Aggie squad 8-6. Kevin Kirkby paced the Hawks with a 4-4 game. He also scored two runs and knocked in two RBI. Wyatt went hitless, but scored two runs and swiped a pair of bases to first tie and then Break Tom Verratti's (1989-92) school record. On the hill, freshman Eric Vardijan struggled at times, allowing five runs and scattering five hits, but registered the win to improve to 2-3. Junior Mike Minerva also tossed an inning before running into trouble. Doug Sieger pitched the final 1.2 innings to collect his first career save. Aided by a pair off errors, SJU exploded for a seven run second inning and cruised to a 15-7 win against Bloomfield. Senior Don Peterson (1-0), making just his third career start, threw a career-high seven strong innings and scattered eight hits to earn his first win of the year. He surrendered only four runs and also set a career high with six strikeouts. Freshman Michael Neimkin and senior Dan Lester closed it out for the Hawks. At the plate and in the field, SJU was able to clear the bench. Four different Hawks contributed two hits each, including DeVincentis, Justin Godusky, Jason Tarewicz and Mike Walls. The Crimson and Gray next return to the diamond on Monday, when the team travels to Princess Anne, Md. for a doubleheader with Maryland-Eastern Shore at noon. On Tuesday, the team faces Villanova in the quarterfinals of the Liberty Bell College Classic at Veterans Stadium at 7:00 PM.
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