NEW ORLEANS (2/07/03) - Making both the earliest start and furthest roadtrip in school history, the Saint Joseph's baseball team (0-1) overcame a long day of travel and nearly rallied for a victory against #23 Tulane in the season-opener for both schools at Turchin Field. Freshman Greg Mason smacked a two-run single in the top of the ninth for his first collegiate hit to make things tenuous for Tulane. SJU had hung tough and was within striking distance entering the ninth. With one out, the Hawks got a walk from freshman Ryan Stadanlick and a single by junior Nick Baldasari. A ground ball then put runners on second and third with two out. That set the stage for Mason, who slapped a single into leftcenter field of Tulane's relief ace Joe Charron to make it a 3-2 game. With Jason Tarewicz and the top of the lineup now slated to come to the plate it appeared that an upset might be in the making. Charron, however, who possesses one of the best moves to first in Conference USA, picked off pinch runner Bryan Brown to end the inning and the game. The Crimson and Gray received excellent pitching from the tandem of sophomore Brian Anecharico and Ryan Hoagey. Anecharic scattered seven hits and allowed three runs over 4.1 innings. Hoagey then game on to twirl 3.2 innings of one-hit relief. Jonny Kaplan accounted for all three Tulane runs, drilling a two-run homer to leftfield in the third and scoring on a wild pitch in the fifth. Tulane's Cory Hahn tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win, while Anecharico suffered the defeat. Tarewicz and Baldasari each had two hits for the Hawks, who matched the Green Wave with eight hits as a team. SJU and Tulane will continue their three game series tomorrow at 3:00 and then close out the series on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Juniors Bill McCollum and Erik Vardijan are slated to pitch the next two games for SJU, respectively.