NORRISTOWN, PA (05/12/01) - Rhode Island (27-22, 0-11 A-10) wore their hitting shoes to Philadelphia for the final weekend of the season, pounding out 37 hits in a doubleheader sweep of St. Joseph's (22-27-1, 9-12 A-10), 19-8 and 15-1. Highlights for SJU included the return of Kevin Kirkby, who was hit in the face with a pitch at Massachusetts and a 5-8 performance at the plate by Eric Wyatt, who notched his 200th career hit. The URI offense was relentless in the two games, scoring in 11 of the 14 innings played in the two games. The Rams won game one 19-8 and then took the second game, 15-1. In game one the Rams built up an 8-0 lead before SJU plated 5 runs in the bottom of the second inning to trim the lead. A two-run single by Wyatt and a bases clearing double by Kirkby served as the key hits in the rally. URI, though takced on two more runs in the third, five runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to pull away. SJU plated single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Wyatt went 3-4 in the first game, while Tim Gunn was a perfect 4-4. Kirkby returned from injury and went 2-3 with a double a home run and 4 RBI. Wyatt suffered the loss on the mound, hurling 1.2 innings and giving up 8 runs, however, only three were earned. His record evened at 4-4. The Hawks used six pitchers in the game with no hurler going more then 1.2 innings. Even third baseman Tom Gibson got in on the action, throwing a scoreless seventh in his first career appearance on the mound. Pete Kehoe went the distance for the win and improved to 8-2 on the year. The ram attack was led by Mike LaBarbera, who went 4-6 with 4 runs and 3 RBI, and Matt Jackson, who was 4-5 with 3 runs and 4 RBI. The second game featured more Ram offense, as they outhit the Hawks 20-5, en route to the 15-1 victory. SJU was only able to muster a single run in the second inning. Eric Wyatt drove in the Hawk run with an RBI single that also proved to be his 200th career hit. He is just the sixth Hawk ever to reach the milestone. Doug Sieger started on the mound for the Hawks, but was chased after just 1.2 innings. He took the loss and slipped to 3-5. Sieger was relieved by Mike Minerva, who tossed the game's final 5.1 innings in relief. Dan Pearce earned the win for URI to improve to 6-4. LaBarbera and Jackson each had 3 hits in game two for the Rams. Tomorrow, the two teams will finish the regular season with a single game at noon. SJU will honor its 11 seniors in pregame festivities beginning at 11:45 AM.
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