NORRISTOWN, Pa. (03/27/01) - A five-run fifth inning by Marist (10-6-1) proved to be the undoing for the St. Joseph's University Diamondmen (6-12-1) as they dropped a high-scoring decision to the Red Foxes at Elmwood Park, 10-8. Seniors Eric Wyatt and Tom Gibson had three hits apiece for SJU, which outhit Marist 15-11. The Crimson and Gray fell behind early, allowing single runs to the Foxes in each of the first three innings and played from behind virtually the entire contest. SJU briefly tied the game 3-3 in the third before things came unravelled. In the fifth inning, Marist exploded for five runs to seize an 8-3 advantage. Walks proved to be the enemy, as the Foxes plated all five runs with two-outs. Six walks and a three run home run caused the bulk of the damage. The Hawks battled back, however, scoring two runs in the fifth and seventh innings and a single run in the sixth to make the score 9-8. The Foxes tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning, before the game was stopped with two outs due to darkness. At the plate, Wyatt and Gibson were the catalysts for an SJU offense that was aggressive and would not quit. Wyatt had a single, double and triple for SJU. Gibson also smoked three hits including a two-bagger. Gibson, junior Justin Godusky and sophomore Rich Caloiero all drove in 2 runs apiece. It appeared that SJU was set to tie the game and possibly take the lead in the seventh inning. Tim Gunn opened the inning with a double into the corner in rightfield and moved to second on a groundball by Pace Bradshaw. A single by Gibson drove in Gunn. Gibson then stole second and scored on a single by Caloiero. The with Jim Reilly pinch hitting for Mike DeLorenzo, the Hawks sent Caloiero in motion. Reilly ripped a hot groundball that handcuffed the thirdbaseman. Caloiero, never slowing down flew around second base and tried to sneak into third. The thirdbaseman, however, regrouped and flipped to the shortstop covering the bag to cut down Caloiero at third. Wyatt then flew out to end the inning. Doug Sieger started the game for SJU and suffered the loss to fall to 0-1. He hurled 4.2 innings, and scattered six hits before being chased in the fifth. John Kokol relieved Sieger and gave up 2 runs in 0.1 innings. Freshman Bill McCollum closed it out for SJU, allowing just 1 unearned run in 2.2 innings. Marist, meanwhile, used six pitchers. Brian Coughlin picked up the win in his first appearance of the year and Brad Reed earned the save by pitching the final inning of relief before the game was stopped. SJU travels to Lehigh on Wednesday to make up a game that was rained out last week. This weekend the Crimson dnd Gray hit the road for a three-game set at Massachusetts
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