BETHLEHEM, Pa. (03/28/01) - After dropping a 10-8 decision to Marist on Tuesday, the St. Joseph's baseball team (6-13-1) traveled to Lehigh on Wednesday. Unfortunately for the Hawks the result was the same, as the squad suffered a 10-8 defeat at the hands of the Mountain Hawks (5-10). The Crimson and Gray fell behind in the game 10-2, but used a furious comeback, scoring 2 runs in the eighth and 4 runs in the ninth inning, to make the score respectable.Senior Jim Reilly helped to rally the Hawks going 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI. On a crisp spring afternoon, Lehigh jumped ahead early scoring 5 runs off of SJU starter Mike Minerva and 5 more off Ryan Woods. Jim Boylan, Scott Gehringer and Michael Neimkin tossed the final 2.2 innings of shutout relief to give the Hawk offense a chance to battle back. After plating single runs in the third and sixth innings, the comeback started in the eighth for the Hawks. Freshman Jason Tarewicz got things started by walking to start the inning and then stealing second base. After Kevin Dougher was hit by a pitch, a ground ball by Reilly moved the runners up a base. Another ground ball by Bill McCollum knocked in Tarewicz and Dougher raced home when Chris McLaughlin reached on an error. In the ninth, with one out John Kokol smacked a single to leftfield. After Justin Godusky walked, Tarewicz singled to right, driving in Kokol. Both Godusky and Tarewicz moved up a base on the throw to home. With first base open, Dougher walked to load the bases. Reilly then cleared the bases with a double to centerfield. Lehigh then made a pitching change to slamthe door on the Hawk rally. Five different Hawks finished the game with two hits apiece, including Kokol, Relly, Tarewicz, Tom Gibson and Eric Wyatt. Wyatt extended his hitting streak to 9-games. Minerva suffered the loss on the hill. He slipped to 0-3 on the year. This weekend the Crimson dnd Gray hit the road for a three-game set at Massachusetts.
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