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SEVENTH INNING SURGE POWERS HAWKS PAST FORDHAM
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
BRONX, NY (4/18/03) - Erupting for six runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning broke open a one-run ball game and carried the Saint Joseph's baseball team (11-19, 6-7 A-10) to a 13-6 victory over Fordham (9-18, 3-9 A-10) at Jack Coffey Field. Seniors John Kokol and Mike Walls combined for eight of SJU's season-high 17 hits. The Hawks scored three runs apiece in the third and fourth innings to build up a 6-0 lead. Fordham, however, matched SJU's three-run fourth to make the game 6-3. The Hawks pushed across a single tally in the fifth inning, but a three-run fifth for FU sliced the lead down to a single run at 7-6. In the seventh, Fordham reliever Sean Seales retired the first two batters easily, but then ran into trouble. The next six Hawk batters all smacked base hits, including a RBI double by Walls, a two-run triple by sophomore Rob Pimpinella and a double by freshman Ryan Stadanlick, who eventually came around to score. Twelve batters came to the plate in the seventh, as SJU pushed across six runs to break the game open. Walls and Kokol combined to go 8-for-10 with four runs and three RBI. Senior Mike DeLorenzo and junior Nick Baldasari also had multi-hit games for the Crimson and Gray. The 13 runs by SJU matched a season-high, while the 17-hit attack was a new high. St. Joe's has combined for 54 hits in its last four games. Junior Erik Vardijan (3-3) started the game and tossed four innings allowing six runs on seven hits to pick up the win. Classmate Bill McCollum blanked FU over the final four innings to gain his first career save. The Rams' Andrew Paolillo took the loss and remained winless on the year at 0-5. The two teams will complete their three-game series with a doubleheader, one seven inning game and one nine inning game, on Saturday.