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HAWK BATS, MINERVA'S ARM LIFT SJU OVER PENN AT LIBERTY BELL
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (03/27/02) - Senior Mike Minerva hurled 7.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first win of the year and the Saint Joseph's baseball team matched a season-high in runs scored en route to a 13-6 victory over Pennsylvania in the quarterfinals of the Liberty Bell Classic at Veterans Stadium. With the win, SJU improved to 3-17-1 and advanced to the Liberty Bell semifinals for the seventh time in the last nine years. Penn, meanwhile, slipped to 4-12. The Crimson and Gray jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but watched Penn battle back to knot the game at 6-6. The Hawks then added two runs apiece in the fifth and seventh innings and three in the sixth to pull away for the victory. The Quakers were plagued by poor fielding throughout the game and committed seven errors, which accounted for four unearned runs. SJU got a sterling effort on the hill from Minerva, who tossed perhaps his best game as a Hawk. Minerva retired 21 of the 25 batters he faced, surrrendering just three hits and one walk and striking out five. SJU plated five runs in the first inning off Penn starter Mark Lacerenza. Sophomore Jason Tarewicz opened the game with a single and moved to second on a walk by senior Pace Bradshaw. A sacrifice bunt by sophomore Bill McCollum moved the runners to second and third. A single by senior Justin Godusky plated Tarewicz with SJU's first run. After a wild pitch plated Bradshaw with the second run and Godusky advanced to second, junior Michael Walls doubled home Godusky for a 3-0 lead. Following a flyout to right field, junior John Kokol was hit by a pitch. A single by freshman Brian Anecharico scored Walls. Anecharico then moved to second on the throw, but the Penn catcher threw the ball into centerfield while attempting to gun down the SJU newcomer, allowing Kokol to score. Penn scored two runs in the first, three in the second and one in the third to tie the game against SJU starter freshman Ryan Hoagey. The Hawks broke back on top with two runs in the fifth inning. Walls doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. Following a walk to junior Kevin Dougher, Walls scored on a sacrifice fly by Kokol. Dougher then stole second base. He then went to third on a wild pitch and scored when the catcher threw the ball into left field. In the sixth Tarewicz walked, Bradshaw tripled and McCollum doubled to plate two runs. A sacrifice fly by Dougher scored MCollum and made the score 11-6. Anecharico and junior Mike DeLorenzo added SJU's final two runs in the seventh inning. The victory puts SJU in the Liberty Bell semifinals, where SJU will face Temple on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. SJU will depart for Dayton tomorrow for a three-game weekend series with the Flyers. The teams open the series with a doubleheader on Friday at noon.