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STARTERS STELLAR AS HAWKS SPLIT WITH A-10 EAST LEADER ST. BONAVENTURE
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (04/13/02) - Starting pitchers senior Mike Minerva and sophomore Bill McCollum each hurled complete games to help Saint Joseph's to a split with Atlantic 10 East Division leader St. Bonaventure at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The Hawks won game two, 7-1, and were one strike away from victory in game one, but lost 2-1. SJU now stands at 9-30-1, 5-9 in the A-10, while SBU is 17-7, 9-4 in the A-10. SJU jumped out to a 4-0 lead by sending nine men to the plate in the first inning of game two against the Bonnies. With one out, the Hawks smacked five consecutive singles and then sophomore Jason Tarewicz cracked a double to deep centerfield. The big inning helped to knock out Bonnie starter Saul Solveson after just one inning. SBU plated a single run in the top of the second, but the Crimson and Gray answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning and a single tally in the fourth to go on to the 7-1 victory. McCollum scattered seven hits and allowed just one run, while striking out three and walking none in game two. He improved to 2-3. Solveson took the loss and fell to 1-2. Aaron DeCourcey pitched the final five innings for St. Bona. In the first game a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh helped the Bonnies steal a 2-1 victory from the Hawks. A pitcher's duel, Minerva (3-6) allowed five hits and two unearned runs in seven innings, but suffered the tough-luck loss. SBU's Kyle Johnson (4-1) also went the rout, allowing five hits and striking out three. SJU plated its lone run in the bottom of the fourth when Tarewicz singled home senior Justin Godusky from third. The Hawks then had the Bonnies down to their final strike, but a walk, an infield single and a hit batsman loaded the bases with two out. Minerva then induced SBU's Kevin Ryan to popup in the infield, but senior shortstop Pace Bradshaw misplayed the ball, allowing two runs to score. SJU could not muster a run in their final at bat. Junior Mike Walls extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games with four hits in the twin-bill. Junior Kevin Dougher, Bradshaw, McCollum, Tarewicz and Godusky all had a couple of hits for the Crimson and Gray. Godusky now has 199 for his career. The Hawks and Bonnies will conclude their three-game series on Sunday with a single nine-inning game. The game-time for the contest has been moved up one hour to 11:00 AM.