May 15, 2004

KINGSTON, R.I. - Solid starts by junior Ryan Hoagey and freshman Bob Unkel allowed Saint Joseph's (10-43, 4-19 A-10) to hang tough, but SJU was unable to muster much offense against the Atlantic 10's top pitching team and dropped both ends of a baseball doubleheader to Rhode Island at Bill Beck Field, 6-3 and 5-1.

In game one SJU held leads of 2-1 and 3-2, but URI rallied for four runs in the fourth inning and then thwarted a late Hawk rally to earn the 6-3 win. Sophomore Ryan Stadanlick had a couple of hits and drove in a run for SJU.

Hoagey (2-8) went the distance for his sixth complete game of the year. He surrendered six runs, although only three were earned, and eight hits. The Rams Dan Frederick (7-2) earned the win allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. Mike Lefort came into the game with two on and nobody out in the seventh and retired three straight to earn his seventh save.

In the second game the Hawks managed just three hits off URI's Zach Zuercher (7-3), the leading candidate for A-10 pitcher of the year in a suffering a 5-1 setback. SJU tallied its lone run on a solo home run by Bill McCollum in the seventh inning. Freshman Bob Unkel (0-1) pitched five solid innings in his first collegiate start. He gave up four runs on five hits. Zuercher went the distance and struckout 10.

SJU concludes the regular season on Sunday with a single nine inning game against Rhode Island at noon.

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