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SOLID PITCHING HELPS HAWKS SPLIT A-10 OPENER
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
WASHINGTON, DC (03/23/02) - In the first doubleheader of conference play for both teams this season, Saint Joseph's split with George Washington at Barcroft Park. The Hawks took the first game 6-3, with the Colonials coming back in the second game 5-3. The split moved the Hawks' record to 2-16-1 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10, while G.W. is now 11-10 overall, 1-1 in the A-10. Behind the solid strating pitching of sophomore Erik Holman (1-3), the Hawks took the opener from the Colonials. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out four. Holman pitched nearly a complete game, going 6.2 innings of a 7 inning ball game to earn his first Hawk victory. Freshman Ryan Hoagey retired the only batter he faced to gain his first collegiate save. In addition to the solid pitching, SJU also came up with clutch hitting in game one, knocking out All-A-10 hurler Greg Conden after 4.1 innings. Conden allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out one. Leading 3-2, SJU tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to get some breathing room. Junior Michael Walls did the damage, bringing home fellow junior Kevin Douger with a two-run home run. The second homer of the ball game for the Hawks, Dougher had clubbed a solo shot in the third inning. The Colonials managed one more run in the sixth, but SJU added insurance when freshman Bryan Brown stole home in the top of the seventh to close out the scoring. In the second game, GW took an early 3-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first and two more runs in the third. The Hawks bounced back in the top of the fourth with two runs, the first on a homer by senior Justin Godusky, his sixth of the season. Junior John Kokol scored the second run on an RBI double by Walls. G.W. made the score 4-2 with a run in the fourth inning, but the Hawks cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth when Walls scored on an RBI double to centerfield by sophomore Justin Wolfer. The Colonials tacked on a final run to provide the final margin of victory, 5-3. GW's David Rodriguez (2-0) notched his second win of the season, pitching five innings. He allowed three runs on nine hits, while striking out four. Freshman Al Braun (0-5) tossed 4.1 innings, surrendering four runs, before giving way to senior Mike Minerva to close out the contest. The two teams complete their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at noon at Barcroft Park.