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DELO DOES IT AGAIN; SECOND WALK-OFF HOMER LIFTS SJU TO VICTORY
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (4/06/03) - For the second straight game, senior Mike DeLorenzo hit a two-out two-run walk-off home run to give Saint Joseph's (8-16, 4-5 A-10) a victory over Duquesne (14-15, 6-3 A-10), 4-3, in Atlantic 10 baseball action at Latshaw-McCarthy. The victory allowed SJU to win the rubber-game in the three-game series. SJU led 2-1 entering the top of the ninth inning, but an error by freshman Ryan Stadanlick opened the door for the Dukes to plate a pair of unearned runs in the frame and take a 3-2 lead. With St. Joe's down by a run, Duke reliever Jesse Cramer got the first two Hawks he faced in the ninth out on a strikeout and a groundout. Stadanlick then atoned for his error in the top half of the inning with a single to keep the Crimson and Gray alive. Duquesne then made a pitching change inserting senior Jim Popp to get the final out. Popp, who threw a complete game to earn the win in the first game of the series, grooved a fastball to DeLorenzo that he smacked over the wall in rightfield to give SJU the win. The Hawks fell behind 1-0 in the first, but then shut down Duquesen behind the standout pitching of sophomore Ryan Hoagey. Hoagey tossed 8.0 innings, allowing just four hits and striking out seven. Hoagey was relieved by senior Mike Walls in the ninth. DeLorenzo's heroics gave Walls (1-0) the win. DU starter Adam Haun silenced SJU's bats through 6.1 innings, striking out nine. The Hawks then scratched a run across on an RBI single by senior Kevin Dougher to tie the game at 1-1. SJU took the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, when DeLorenzo scored on an RBI single by Walls. SJU returns to action on Tuesday when the team travels to Delaware. The squad then faces Delaware State on Thursday at Frawley Stadium, home of the Willmington Blue Rocks.