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HAWKS END SKID WITH 8-7 WIN OVER VILLANOVA
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (4/23/03) - Erupting for six runs in the seventh inning, the Saint Joseph's baseball team (13-23)then held on for an 8-7 victory over Villanova (9-25) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Senior Erik Holman hurled six strong innings to earn the win for SJU, while junior Nick Baldasari added three hits. Villanova took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but SJU struck for six runs in the second inning off Wildcat starter Jake Wolff to take a 6-2 advantage. With one out, junior Jason Tarewicz and freshman Ryan Stadanlick both walked. Senior Mike DeLorenzo then singled through the right side to make it 2-1 and put runners at the corners. Freshman Jake Iampietro followed with another walk toload the bases. Senior Kevin DOugher popped out, but junior Bill McCollum delivered a bloop single to right field that cleared the bases and put the HAwks on top. Senior Mike Walls added another base hit and classmate John Kokol wlaked toloadthe bases again. Baldasari then singled offthethird baseman's glove to drive home two more runs tomake it 6-2. Villanova pushed acrossa run in the third, but SJU answered with a single tally in the fourth fora 7-3 lead. The teams exchanged single runs in the seventh and VU rallied with two runs in the eight and one in the ninth, but Walls came in for junior Eric Vardijan, who relieved Holman in the seventh, and closed out the game. Holman (2-5) won his second consecutive starte tossing 6.0 innings and striking out four, while allowing four runs (three earned). Vardijan entered the game with the bases loaded in the seventh and bailed the Hawks out of a jam. He pitched the seventh and eighth, but walked the lead-off batter in the ninth and Walls came in to record his second save. Wolff (0-2) went just 1.2 inning and allowed six earned runs to suffer the loss. Baldasari was 3-4 with one run and two RBI. McCollum had just one hit but drove home three runs and scored one. SJU travels to St. Bonaventure this weekend for a key Atlantic 10 Conference series.