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SAINT JOSEPH'S SWEPT BY NATIONALLY-RANKED RICHMOND IN WEEKEND SERIES
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (04/07/02) - An eight-run seventh inning by nationally-ranked Richmond broke open a 3-2 ball game and carried the Spiders to a 12-3 victory over Saint Joseph's at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The loss by the Hawks completed a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series sweep by UR. Richmond remains unbeaten in the A-10 at 9-0 and improved to 28-3 overall, while SJU fell to 1-8 in the Conference and 4-25-1 overall. Senior Justin Godusky went 2-3 with a cpouple of runs and an RBI to lead SJU. The game featured a pitchers duel between SJU starter Mike Minerva and UR's Mike McGirr through six innings. Minerva, who eventually took the loss to fall to 1-5, scattered eight hits and surrendered six runs while striking out five. He left in the seventh after three straight Spiders reached base. McGirr, also went 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs. He struck out eight batters to improve to 7-1. SJU took a 1-0 lead in the ball game, when Godusky singled home junior Kevin Dougher in the home half of the first. Richmond then crept back on top 3-1 tallying a pair of runs in the third on a home run by junior Vito Chiaravallotti and a single run in the fifth, when junior Junior David Reaver tripled and scored on sacrifice fly. The Crimson and Gray crept with in 3-2 on junior John Kokol's RBI single in the sixth inning that drove home Godusky. The Spiders broke open the contest with an eight-run seventh inning. UR sent 12 men to the plate and banged out six hits in the inning to make it an 11-2 contest. SJU went to the bullpen twice in the frame calling on Kokol and freshman Brian Anecharico to try to contain Richmond. Anecharico would pitch the final 2.1 innings for SJU allowing just one run. Chiaravalloti and Reaver each had three hits for the Spiders. Reaver also scored four runs, while Chiaravalloloti scored a pair and drove in thee. The Hawks will hit the road for a pair of games this week. On Tuesday, SJU will travel to Limeport, Pa. to face Lehigh at 7:00 PM and on Wednesday the team will square-off with Villanova at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia at 3:00 PM.