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TOWSON EDGES SAINT JOSEPH'S IN 10 INNINGS, 4-3
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (3/03/04) - A two-run home run by Towson's Brian McKenna in the top of the tenth inning snapped a 2-2 tie and helped the Tigers (1-0) to a 4-3 victory over Saint Joseph's (1-10) at Elmwood Park's Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The defeat spoiled a quality start by SJU junior Ryan Hoagey and solid relief from senior Joe Mucci. Towson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead lead scoring twice in the third inning. Hans Falkenham walked to open the inning and went to third on a double by Shane Justis. A sacrifice fly by Casper Wells plated the first run and a RBI single by McKenna scored the second. SJU sliced the deficit in half in the bottom half of the frame when sophomore Dustin Onulak scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Bill McCollum. The Crimson and Gray then tied the contest in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore Ryan Stadanlick scored on an RBI single by freshman Matt Godusky. The game then remained tied at 2-2 until the tenth inning. In the top half of the inning, Justis was hit by a pitch to start things off and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. McKenna then smacked the first pitch he saw over the leftfield wall. The Hawks tried to rally in the bottom of the tenth getting the first two batters on base. Stadanlik scored on a ground ball to get SJU within one, but could not push the tying run across. Hoagey tossed 7.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits, but received a no-decision. Likewise Rafe Bridges for Towson went 6.0 innings with no result. Luke Thomas (1-0) earned the win throwin 4.0 innings of two hit relief. Mucci (0-2) allowed just one hit in 3.0 innings, but it was the round tripper to McKenna and he suffered the loss.