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HAWK BULLPEN FALTERS AS RHODE ISLAND SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
BOXSCORE2 NORRISTOWN, PA (5/03/03) -The Saint Joseph's bullpen could not convert save opportunities in both ends of a doubleheader, as Rhode Island rallied to defeat SJU 10-7 and 9-6 in a key Atlantic 10 twinbill at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The losses dropped the Hawks to 16-28 overall, 9-11 A-10, while URI improved to 22-23, 13-7 A-10. Senior Mike DeLorenzo, a transfer from URI, went 4-6 with three runs and junior Jason Tarewicz was 5-8 with four runs and an inside the park home run in game two for SJU. The Hawks took an early 4-0 lead over Rhodey in the first game, but the Rams exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead. SJU tied the game in the home half of the frame with a pair of runs and went ahead 7-6 when DeLorenzo plated senior John Kokol with an RBI single in the fourth. Leading entering the last inning, SJU sent their closer senior Mike Walls to the hill to shut the door. Walls, however, was rudely greeted and surrendered four runs on four hits. The Hawks would not plate any runs in the home half of the seventh as URI's Keith Ross collected his fifth save. The Rams Reid Willet (5-4) earned the win tossing 6.0 inning and allowing nine hits and seven runs (three earned). Walls (1-1) took the loss. Al Braun started for SJU and gave up six runs (five earned) and eight hits. Game two moved rapidly through four innings as URI's Dan Frederick and Hawk sophomore Ryan Hoagey were locked in a scoreless duel. The Rams finally broke through scoring four runs in the fifth to knock out Hoagey. SJU then delivered its own knockout puch with a five run sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Again SJU looked to close out the game in the final frame, this time turning the ball over to senior Erik Holman. Holman allowed a pair of runs, as SJU gave up the lead and URI went back on top in the 6-5. Tarewicz's inside the park home run came in the bottom of the seventh inning and allowed SJU to tie the game, 6-6. The Rams then added three more runs in the eighth inning off reliever Joe Mucci (2-2) to get the 9-6 win. URI's Dave Lipson (2-0) picked up the win in relief. The two teams will close out the series with a single nine inning game on Sunday at noon. SJU will honor it seniors in pregame festivities.