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HAWKS TAKE EARLY LEAD BUT CAN'T HOLD ON AT #2 FLORIDA STATE, FALL 11-5
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
TALLAHASSEE, FL (03/11/03) - Saint Joseph's took a 5-4 lead through almost six complete innings, but a two-out, two-run triple by preseason All-American Stephen Drew gave FSU a 6-5 lead and it never looked back in a 11-5 win. The Seminoles, ranked #2 in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll, improved to 20-2 on the season, while Saint Joseph's, who has played all its games against 2002 NCAA qualifiers, drops to 1-7. SJU took an early lead in the second inning. With two outs, freshman Jason Volker doubled high off the 25-foot wall in right field. Senior catcher Mike DeLorenzo then smoked a Mark Sauls delivery over the fence in right for the first Hawk homer of the season. The lead was short lived, however, as Florida State scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the third on a walk, hit by pitch, and an errant pick-off throw. The Hawks would take the lead in the fourth, scoring three unearned runs to take a 5-2 advantage. Sophomore rightfielder Joe DiNubile hit a sky high popup that would fall between the pitcher's mound and the catcher for the first baserunner. Freshman shortstop Ryan Stadanlick would sacrifice him over to second and a strikeout would account for two outs. After a DeLorenzo walk, sophomore Jason Tarewicz hit what seemed to be a routine groundball to shortstop. Drew fielded it cleanly and his throw was a little high, but still should have been handled by first baseman Jerrod Brown. The ball glanced off his glove and into foul territory, scoring DiNubile. DeLorenzo would score on a failed pickoff attempt, and after Tarewicz stole second, he was driven in by McCollum. But it was Drew's hit that would break the game open. His two-out, two-run triple was a moon-ball into left-center. Senior centerfielder Kevin Dougher, positioned in right-center, ran a mile and had a sliding attempt at the pop fly, but couldn't come up with the out. FSU would chase McCollum in the sixth and the Seminoles added four more runs, two of them unearned, against Hawk reliever Ryan Hoagey. After rapping six hits in the first four innings, St. Joe's was shut down by a trio of relievers, led by Dan Davidson, who earned the win. The hard throwing lefty struck out seven of the ten batters he faced and did not allow a baserunner. Senior Mike Walls had two hits for SJU and McCollum took the loss after tossing six innings and allowing five earned runs. The Hawks return to Dick Howser Stadium Wednesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch. The game will be available on webcast on www.sjuhawks.com.