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HAWKS GO OUT WINNERS, DOWN TEMPLE IN SEASON FINALE, 6-4
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (5/12/02) -- Capitalizing on three Temple errors, the Saint Joseph's baseball team closed out its season with a 6-4 victory over the Owls at Erny Field. Junior John Kokol sparked SJU with three hits, as the Crimson and Gray concluded the year with a 16-36-1 record, 10-14 in the Atlantic 10. TU, which will compete in next weekend's A-10 Tournament, wrapped up the regular season at 20-26, 11-13 A-10. TU staked itself to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Hawk starter Erik Vardijan combined with sophomore Erik Holman to limit the Owls to just one more run en route to the win. Vardijan, who improved to 3-5 overall, scattered seven hits over 6.0 innings. Holman, meanwhile entered the game in relief for the second straight day, tossing the final 3.0 innings to earn his second save in as many outings. Down 3-0, SJU responded with four runs in the top of the second inning. Junior Mike Walls started the rally with a double to centerfield and Kokol followed with a single through the left side. A balk plated Walls with the Hawks' first run, while Kokol advanced to second. Back-to-back walks to sophomore Jason Tarewicz and junior Jim Kelly then loaded the bases. Junior Mike DeLorenzo reached on an error by the shortstop, plating another run and keeping the bases juiced. Following a pitching change and a strikeout, senior Pace Bradshaw reached on a fielder's choice, but an errant throw home by the third baseman in an attempt to get the lead runner sailed into the Temple dugout, allowing Tarewicz and Kelly to score to make it a 4-3 contest. SJU added two more runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Walls reached on another error by the shortstop. Follwing a lineout, Tarewicz singled through the left side to put runners at first and second. Consecutive singles by Kelly and DeLorenzo followed to make it 6-3 Hawks. Temple added a single run in the sixth inning and loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but could not push across a run. Freshman Bryan Stamm (2-3) took the loss on the mound for Temple. The win gave Hawk head coach Jim Ertel his first series win versus his alma mater. In addition, the victory allowed the Hawks to finish in theis place in the Atlantic 10 East, just a single game behind Temple in the playoff race. Seniors Justin Godusky , Bradshaw, Kelly, Mike Minerva and manager Cassie McNamara all were in their final games as Hawks. Bradshaw, who was in an 0-27 tailspin, collected a hit in his final collegiate at bat to finish his career with 215 hits. Godusky, starting in his record 175th straight game, ended with 213. The totals rank fifth and sixth, respectively, on SJU's all-time list.