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HAWKS SPLIT WITH URI MOVE INTO SECOND PLACE TIE IN A-10 EAST
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
KINGSTON, RI (04/27/02) - The surging Saint Joseph's University baseball team continued its winning ways by splitting a doubleheader against Rhode Island and moving into a second place tie in the Atlantic 10's east division. SJU took the first game 5-1 behind the arm of senior Mike Minerva and then saw a three run seventh inning rally fall short in a 6-5 game two defeat at Bill Beck Field. The Hawks are 13-31-1 overall, 7-10 A-10, while the URI drops to 20-23, 7-10 A-10. Winners of nine of their last 13 games, the Hawks rode Minerva's (4-6) magical arm to victory in the opener. The senior from West Roxbury, Mass. scattered six hits and struck out four, but surrendered just a single run. Masterful on the mound he threw only 74 pitches, including just 13 balls. At the plate, SJU displayed brute force with three home runs accounting for all of the offense. Sophomore Bill McCollum wrapped his first career home run around the foul pole in rightfield in the third to tie the score. SJU then took the lead in the fifth as juniors Mike Walls and John Kokol each clubbed two-run bombs to the opposite field en route to the 5-1 win. In the second game, McCollum and URI starter Pete Kehoe were locked in a pitchers duel through 5.5 innings. The game was tied at 2-2 and there were two out and nobody on in the bottom of the sixth when the Rams broke through. Rhode Island scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. Back-to-back singles and a hit batter loaded the bases. A pinch hit single then plated a pair of runs. A walk loaded the bases again and another single drove in two more runs. Trailing by four, the comeback kids from SJU would not role over. Down to their last at bat and with one out, junior Kevin Dougher doubled and then McCollum singled down the leftfield line. With SJU threatening, the Rams made a pitching change bringing in Chris Fischer to replace Kehoe. Fischer dealt just one pitch and Walls drille a three-run homer over the wall in rightcenter field, and making the score 6-5. Senior Justin Godusky and Kokol then delivered back-to-back singles to get the lead run on base.Another pitching change, however, brought on Dan Frederick, who induced sophomore Jason Tarewicz to hit into a bang-bang 163 double play to end the game. McCollum suffered the defeat and dropped to 3-4, while Kehoe improved to 4-6. Walls, who went 4-8 with a pair of home runs and six RBI, learned he would play shortstop just minutes before the game do to injuries to senior Pace Bradshaw (hamstring) and junior Chris McLaughlin (shoulder). He also extended his hitting streak to 16 in a row with the round tripper in game one and then pushed the streak to 17-straight with three hits in game two. McCollum also had four hits in the doubleheader for SJU and Dougher added three in the second game. The Hawks and Rams will wrap up their three-game series at Bill Beck Field at noon on Sunday. First pitch is slated for noon.