SJU SWEEPS TWINBILL FROM COPPIN STATE
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (03/18/01) - The St. Joseph's baseball team (4-9-1) erupted for 27runs and 28 hitsas it extended its unbeaten streak to four games by sweeping a doubleheader from Coppin State, 20-1 and 7-1. The offensive assault was keyed by senior captain Mike DeVincentis, who tied the SJU career doubles mark in the first game and broke it in game two with his 48th career two-base hit. A fifth-year senior, DeVincentis ranks as one of the most prolific hitters in SJU history. With the two doubles, he moved past his former teammate Robbie Reed, who is presently playing in the Boston Red Sox organization, to become the school's all-time leader in doubles. Reed set the record last season. In the twinbill, DeVincnetis went 2-6 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. The two hits gave him 199 for his career. His next base hit will move him into select company, as one of only five players in school history with 200 career hits. In game one, the Crimson and Gray crushed the Eagles 20-1, as the team banged out 21 hits en route to the win. Eric Wyatt and sophomore Rich Caloiero had three hits apiece for the victors, Jim Boylan (2-3) tossed six strong innings to earn his second straight win. The SJU offense, which saw its team batting average rise a remarkable 25 points thanks to the hit parade, scored in five of the six innings. An 11-run fifth inning served as the knockout punch. The Hawks paraded 17 men to the plate in the inning with the first nine coming around to score. SJU pounded out eight hits in the inning and were aided by six walks, including five with the bases loaded. In the second game, Coppin State had better success holding down the Hawk offense, but SJU still came away with the 7-1 victory. Offensively, SJU struck for 3 runs in the third inning and then broke it open with a four run fifth inning. Tim Gunn's three-run home run served as the big blow. On the hill, freshman Eric Vardijan (1-1) looked impressive in collecting his first collegiate win. The newcomer took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving way to Kevin Kirkby, who tossed the final inning. In addition to pitching, Kirkby drove in two runs with a single in the third inning. Others who hit well in the doubleheader include Jim Reilly who went 3-5 with 2 runs and 3 RBI. He extended his hitting streak to a team-high 10 games. Additionally, Justin Godusky and Pace Bradshaw added 2 hits each. The Hawks hit the road for a pair of games this week at Villanova and Lehigh, before opening the A-10 schedule against George Washington next weekend.