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SAINT JOSEPH'S BASEBALL FALLS TO VCU, 12-4
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
RICHMOND, Va. (2/15/04) - Virginia Commonwealth (3-0) broke open a close game with two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to score a 12-4 win over Saint Joseph's (0-3) in baseball to sweep the three-game season-opening series on Sunday. SJU completed just the third known triple play in school history in the first inning. In the bottom of the first, the Hawks turned a triple play that quickly closed the inning. Anthony Granato drove a liner into the hands of shortstop Brian Schappert, who then threw to second baseman Jason Tarewicz, who proceeded to throw to first baseman Bill McCollum. The Hawks scored the first run of the game in the third inning. After being walked by Matt Prendergast, Tarewicz was able to score on a double to right field by McCollum. The Rams quickly bounced back when Scott Sizemore was walked by Hawks pitcher Brian Anecharico and then advanced home on a triple hit by Eric Latura into center field. Paul Swack then reached second as the Hawks produced a throw-down from Anecharico, to catcher Greg Mason, who then threw to third baseman Kevin Walsh who tagged Latura on his way towards home plate. Anecharico walked both Granato and Kyle Atrat. Meador then doubled to left center to bring home both Granato and Atrat, to take the lead, 4-1. Saint Joseph's grabbed another run in the fourth by Ryan Stadanlick, only reaching second on a throwing error by the Rams' Swack. The Hawks' Tarewicz doubled in the fifth and then scored on a single by McCollum. VCU added two more runs in the fourth, as Matheson and Sizemore walked and scored on errors. In the bottom of the seventh, the Hawks placed Volker on the mound and he gave free bases to both Robbie Gragnani and Jeff Parrish after both were hit by pitchs. Gragnani and Parrish scored on a throwing error by third baseman Walsh, which improved their 8-3 lead. Meredith replaced Mozingo in the top of the eighth and immediately the Hawks' Tarewicz smashed a double down the right field line. He was able to score on a double hit by pitcher Volker. The Rams closed the game with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Granato scored on a double hit by Atrat. While Atrat and Gragnani were set on first and second, Matheson homered over the left field wall, just inside the foul pole. The Rams completed the third game of the series 12-4 against the Hawks. The Rams only gave up three earned runs, one each per pitcher, while only earning four of the 12 they scored. VCU tallied 11 hits overall. Newcomer Trai Harris went 3-for-3 for the Rams.