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DIAMONDMEN END SKID WITH 13-10 WIN OVER RIDER
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (3/25/03) - Awakening from its offensive slumber, the Saint Joseph's baseball team (2-13) exploded for its highest scoring game of the season and defeated Rider (3-9) 13-10 to snap a nine-game losing streak at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Junior Bill McCollum picked up the win in relief, while sophomore Brian Anecharico gained the save. Trailing 1-0 early, SJU erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Rider, however answered with six runs in the top of the sixth to tie the ball game at 7-7. The Crimson and Gray added four more runs in the seventh inning to go on top 11-7, but then had to withstand a late Rider rally. The Broncs plated two runs in the seventh, while SJU responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman Ryan Stadanlick smacked a two-run single to give the Hawks a four run cushion. Rider added another run in the ninth and had runners on second and third, when Anecharico came in to close out the game. He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, but then induced a fly out to short right field to earn his first save. The heart of the Hawk lineup had its biggest game of the year. Senior Kevin Dougher went 3-4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI. McCollum was 2-4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI and senior John Kokol went 2-5 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBI. The Hawks will take on crosstown rival Drexel tomorrow in the quarterfinals of the Liberty Bell Classic at Veterans Stadium. SJU hosts A-10 rival in a three-game series over the weekend.