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HURLERS LEAD WAY AS HAWKS SPLIT WITH VCU
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
BOXSCORE2 RICHMOND, VA (2/14/03) - A complete game, three-hitter, by junior Bill McCollum highlighted a strong afternoon on the hill for the Saint Joseph's baseball team (1-4), as the Crimson and Gray split a twin-bill against a Virginia Commonwealth (2-3) squad that was rated as high as 25th nationally in several preseason polls. VCU captured the opener 4-1, but SJU claimed a 3-2 victory in game two on Friday at The Diamond. McCollum sparkled in the nightcap, hurling a complete-game three-hitter as the Hawks posted a 3-2 win and salvaged a split of the shortened series. McCollum's gem helped St. Joe's earn its first victory of the season. SJU scored an unearned run in the top of the second to take an early lead, but VCU put two on the board in the bottom of the frame to reclaim the advantage, 2-1. The Crimson and Gray tied the game in the top of the third when senior leftfielder Mike Walls tripled home junior second baseman Jason Tarewicz. SJU then took a 3-2 advantage one batter later when senior first baseman John Kokol plated Walls with a sacrifice fly. McCollum made the lead stand by holding VCU to a pair of hits over the next five innings to even his season record at 1-1. The Rams threatened in the bottom of the seventh, with a single followed by a walk to to put the tying run in scoring position with one out. McCollum then induced a pop out and a ground ball back to the mound to end the game. Sophomore Justin Orenduff (0-1) also went the distance for VCU in game two. In the opener, the Hawks were held hitless until freshman third baseman Jason Volker singled with one out in the top of the sixth. The Rams struck for three quick runs in the opener against SJU starter Brian Anecharico (0-2). Junior centerfielder Eric Latura led off VCU's half of the first with a walk, stole second, then came home on senior right fielder Justin Mattison's one-out double for a 1-0 Rams' lead. Junior second baseman Nick Jones drew a walk two batters later, then sophomore catcher Jeff Parrish delivered a double in the right-center field gap to plate Mattison and Jones for a 3-0 cushion. VCU extended the margin to 4-0 in the third when senior first baseman Danny Lopaze walked, moved to second on a balk by Anecharico, and scored on Jones' two-out base hit. Anecharico surrendered just three hits, none after Jones? third-inning single, and struck out four Rams? hitters in five innings of work. Walls hurled a scoreless sixth for SJU. Originally slated to play a three-game set against VCU beginning tomorrow, the Hawks will now be off until February 22 and 23 when they play a three-game series at Maryland.