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HAWK RALLY WASTED, VILLANOVA TOPS SJU 11-9
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (04/10/02) - A six-run sixth inning rallied Saint Joseph's from an 8-3 deficit to a 9-8 lead, but Villanova tacked on a single run in the seventh and to more in the eighth for an 11-9 victory at Richie Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia. Senior Pace Bradshaw went 4-5 and junior Kevin Dougher was 2-4 with a home run and three runs scored for the Crimson and Gray, who fell to 4-27-1 on the year. The Wildcats improved to 18-14. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Dougher scored on junior Mike Walls single through the right side. After the Wildcats added a pair of runs in the second inning, SJU tied the contest 2-2, as senior Justin Godusky's sacrifice fly to centerfield plated Dougher again. Villanova scored twice in the third and four times in the fourth to end SJU starting pitcher freshman Ryan Hoagey's afternoon and seize an 8-2 lead. The Hawks scratched back one run in the fifth on Dougher's solo home run to open the inning and then erupted for six runs in the sixth to regain the advantage 9-8. Villanova would shuffle through three pitchers, as SJU sent 12 men to the plate in the inning. Walls doubled down the rightfield line to open the sixth and junior Chris McLaughlin followed with a walk. Sophomore Jason Tarewicz singled up the middle advancing McLaughlin to second and scoring Walls scored. After Villanova changed pitchers, junior Jim Kelly was promptly hit by pitch to load the bases. Back-to-back walks to junior Mike DeLorenzo and Dougher forced home two more runs and brought about another pitching change for VU and also witnessed the ejection of Wildcat head coach Joe Godri for arguing balls and strikes. Bradshaw reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring Kelly. Sophomore Bill McCollum then singled up the middle to give SJU a 9-8 lead. After senior Mike Minerva hurled a scoreless fifth and sizth in relief of Hoagey, VU tied the game in the seventh against SJU reliever junior John Kokol. A double, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch brought the tying run home. A solo home run, a pair of singles and a throwing error plated the winning runs for the Wildcats in the eighth and made the final margin 11-9. Kokol suffered the setback for SJU to fall to 0-1. VU's Adrian Shau received the win in relief. James Russell picked up his school record ninth save of the season for the Wildcats. The Hawks will face Fordham in a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series at Latshaw-McCarthy Field over the weekend.