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SJU AND TOWSON SPLIT NON-CONFERENCE TWINBILL
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
BOXSCORE2 NORRISTOWN, PA (4/29/03) -Late game rallies in both ends of a doubleheader were only enough to muster a split for the Saint Joseph's baseball team (16-25) in a non-conference twinbill against Towson (20-22) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The Tigers held off the Hawks in the opener 6-5, while St. Joe's defeated TU in the nightcap, 9-6. Seniors Kevin Dougher and John Kokol each had three hits for the Crimson and Gray. Kokol's final knock was the 100th of his career. It was a 2-2 game in the opener when Towson tallied three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. A triple by TU's Bobby Paduano, a single by Shane Justis and a two-run homer by Brian McKenna accounted for the damage in the three-run fifth. SJU, however, would not retire quietly, rallying for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting. With one out, Dougher singled to right centerfield and junior Jason Tarewicz followed with an RBI double in the gap. Senior Mike Walls then blasted a two-run home run to left off Tiger reliever Steve Sweich making it a one run game at 6-5. Towson then made a pitching change and Jon Tapper recorded the final two outs to end the rally. Saint Joseph's Jason Volker (1-4) hurled his second complete game of the year allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits in 7.0 innings. Towson's Rafe Bridges (1-1) picked up the win after going 4.1 innings and surrendering two runs on four hits. Sweich tossed 2.0 innings for TU allowing three runs and four hits. In the second game, St. Joe's scored in all six innings to notch a 9-6 victory. Junior Nick Baldasari and freshman Ryan Stadanlick each had two hits and two runs for SJU. The teams traded single runs in each of the first two innings before Towson tallied three runs in the top of the third to go ahead 5-2. Singles by McKenna and Casper Wells and a two run home run by Adam Heffron to rightfield accounted for the three tallies. A solo homee by junior Jason Tarewicz got SJU back one run in the bottom of the third and the Hawks added two in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 9-5 lead. A single by Baldasari, a RBI double by Stadanlick and a sacrifice fly by freshman Jake Iampietro brought home the two runs in the fourth. In the fifth, Tarewicz and Kokol walked and Baldasari delivered an RBI double. Stadanlick was then walked intentionally to load the bases. Rob Pimpinella then sent a slow roller that snuck uner the glove of the second baseman for a two run error. Towson scored in the home half of the seventh to close out the scoring. SJU reliever Joe Mucci (2-1) pitched the final four innings in relief of starter Bill McCollum to earn the victory. He allowed one run and four hits, while striking out four. Steve Johnson (1-1) suffered the defeat for the Tigers giving up seven runs and eight hits in 4.1 innings. The Hawks face Drexel in its final non-league game of the season at Elmwood Park at 8:10 PM. The contest will be broadcast live on WPWA-1590 AM with Jim Havens and can also be heard over the internet at www.sjuhawks.com.