May 16, 2004
KINGSTON, RI - Rhode Island (32-17-1, 20-4 A-10) rallied for six runs in the seventh inning to defeat Saint Joseph's (10-44, 4-20 A-10) at Bill Beck Field, 7-3. Freshman Matt Godusky and senior Jason Tarewicz had a couple of hits each and sophomore Ryan Stadanlick homered for SJU, as URI spoiled a strong effort on the mound by senior Bill McCollum.
McCollum (2-6), playing in his final collegiate game, displayed the crafty skill that made him the Hawks' winningest pitcher over the past three seasons. He limited the Atlantic 10 East Division champions to just one run and four hits through six innings as SJU clung to a 2-1 lead. Bad luck, however opened the door for the Rams in the seventh, as a hit batsman, a wind-aided pop fly single and an error opened the door for the Rams to push across six runs in the seventh to break the game open. McCollum finished the game allowing nine hits and seven runs (five earned) in 6.2 innings.
Ram starter Steve Holmes also went 6.2 innings, striking out seven, but received a no decision. Tom Venedam (2-0) pitched 1.1 innings of relief for the win.
The Hawks built an early 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in each of the first two innings, but double plays thwarted what could have big innings. URI scratched back with a single run in the bottom of the second, before erupting late.
Tarewicz, McCollum and Joe Mucci were noted in pregame ceremonies as seniors playing in their final collegiate games.