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RIDER'S FIVE RUN NINTH INNING STUNS SJU
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ (3/24/04) - Rider (5-9) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Saint Joseph's (4-20) on the baseball diamond, 9-8, at Richard F. Daly Field. The defeat spoiled a solid day for senior Bill McCollum, who pitched seven quality innings and also went 3-4 at the plate. Jason Tarewicz, Greg Mason and Brian Schappert also added three hits apiece for SJU.

SJU trailed 4-2 after five innings, before eruting for five runs in the sixth inning to go on top 7-4. With two out, SJU put together a string of six straight singles, coupled with a Bronc error and a wild pitch to go on top.

The Hawks then added insurance in the eighth, when Tarewicz scored on a fielder's choice to make it an 8-4 game.

McCollum threw seven innings, his best outing of the year, allowing four runs on eight hits. He was replaced by Ryan Hoagey who tossed a scoreless eighth, but ran in to problems in the ninth. He was replaced by Ryan Stadanlick (0-1) who would take the loss and Joe Mucci.

Rider opened the ninth with the first four batters reaching courtesy of a walk, an error a double and a single, scoring three times, before Hoagey gave way to Stadanlick. A wild pitch and a walk then put the lead run aboard, but SJU looked like it would avert disaster as the Hawks coaxed a fielder's choice and also picked up a key strikeout. Another wild pitch however brought home the tying run and a walk put runners at the corners. Mucci relieved Stadanlick and walked the first batter he saw to load the bases. He then got a groundball to third base, but an error allowed the winning run to score.

Junior Joe Moronese pitched five and two-thirds innings for the Broncs, striking out four without allowing a walk, and left the game with a 4-2 lead. Sophomore Justin Cocliff earned the win in relief, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Tarewicz was 3-4 and scored three runs, while McCollum went 3-4 and scored a pair. Stadanlick was 2-5 with a double, two RBI and two steals. Mason and Schappert were each 3-5.

The Hawks travel to Richmond this weekend to open Atlantic 10 play with a three-game set against the defending Conference champion Spiders.