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SAINT JOSEPH'S TAKES TWO FROM FORDHAM IN LAST AT BAT
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (04/13/02) - A pair of three-run rallies in their final at bat helped the Saint Joseph's baseball team sweep Fordham in an Atlantic 10 Conference doubleheader at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, 6-5 and 5-4. With the win SJU improves to 6-27-1, 3-8 in the A-10, while Fordham slips to 6-25-1, 1-10 A-10. Senior Justin Godusky went 5-6 with a couple of RBI and junior John Kokol was 3-7 with a home run and three RBI to power the Hawk attack. In game one, the Crimson and Gray trailled 5-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, before rallying for the 6-5 victory. After senior Pace Bradshaw walked to open the inning off Ram starter Derek Hucke, FU turned the ball over to Gary Kaible to finish off the Hawks. Kaible promptly walked sophomore Bill McCollum and Godusky to load the bases. After freshman Bryan Brown came onto pinch run for McCollum, junior Mike Walls singled to score Bradshaw. Another walk to junior John Kokol forced in Brown with the tying run, making the score 5-5. A ground ball to the right side by freshman Brian Anecharico turned into a fielder's choice as Gudusky was cut down at the plate by the second baseman. Sophomore Jason Tarewicz won the game with a bases loaded single through the leftside that scored Walls. A well pitched game from the outset, SJU led 2-0 after three innings. Fordham, however, rallied with a pair of runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to seize a 5-2 lead. The Hawks tacked on a single run in the home half of the fifth, before the Hawks unleashed their seventh inning heroics. Hawk senior Mike Minerva and the Rams' Hucke both pitched well. Minerva tossed just the third complete game of the year for SJU and appeared set to take the loss as he went to dugout after 6.5 innings, having allowed five runs and scattered nine hits. The SJU rally made him the winner and helped him to improve to 2-5 on the season. Godusky had a pair of hits and sophomore Anthony Del Gaudio added a pair in his first career conference start. Game two featured similar drama, as SJU rallied from two down in their last at bat to win 5-4. Godusky had three hits, while Walls, Kokol and Tarewicz added two apiece. McCollum continued to throw well for SJU tossing 6.1 innings. He allowed just four runs (two earned) and nine hits, but did not factor in the decision. Walls, who pitched the final 0.2 earned the win to move to 1-0. Down 4-2 and with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Godusky singled through the left side. SJU then called upon Brown to pinch run. A double by Walls off the base of the wall in centerfield advanced Brown to third. Kokol followed with a RBI single to centerfield. Head coach Jim Ertel then pinch hit freshman Rob Pimpinella for Anecharico. Pimpinella delivered with a double down the leftfieldline to score Walls with the tying run. Fordham then intentionally walked Tarewicz to load the bases. DelGaudio then struck out swinging, but junior Kevin Dougher walked to force in Kokol with the winning run. The Rams had established a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but single runs by SJU in the second and third tied the game. FU then made it 4-2 with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth. The Hawks and Rams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at noon. SJU will then take to the road for a pair of games at La Salle on Tuesday and at Rider on Thursday. The La Salle game will be televised via tape delay on CN-8.