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HAWKS GO OUT WITH A BANG, TOP UMASS 14-8 IN FINALE
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
AMHERST, MA (5/11/03) - Scoring a season-high 14 runs, the Saint Joseph's baseball team (17-31, 10-14 A-10) closed out the season with a 14-8 victory over Massachusetts in the regular season finale at Earl Lorden Field. Junior Jason Tarewicz went 4-5 with a home run and five RBI and senior John Kokol was 3-5 with three runs scored. SJU fell behind 3-0 in the first and trailed 5-1 after three innings. The Hawks then erupted for five runs in the fourth inning and seven in the fifth to take control of the ballgame. A three-run homer by Tarewicz and an RBI triple ignited the fourth inning outburst by the Hawks. They then knocked UMass starter Matt Torra out of the game in the fifth. A double by Kokol a walk by junior Nick Baldasari and a single by Tarewicz that was misplayed in centerfield opened the inning. A pair of fielder's choices pushed a couple more runs across. Joe DiNubile reached base and senior Kevin Dougher smacked a RBI single. An RBI double by senior Mike Walls and an error on a ball hit to first base by Kokol finished the scoring in the frame. Eleven batters came to the plate for SJU with seven crossing the plate. UMass scratched back with two runs in the sixth on a home run and the teams exchanged runs in the eighth to close out the scoring. Senior Erik Holman (3-5) pitched the final 6.2 innings in relief of junior Erik Vardijan and earned the win. Torra (5-4) took the loss for the Minutemen. He coughed up nine hits and 10 runs.