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TEN-RUN EIGHTH RALLIES ST. JOE'S PAST RUTGERS-NEWARK, 14-7
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (04/17/02) - Powered by a ten run eighth inning, the Saint Joseph's University baseball team rallied from a 7-4 deficit to post a 14-7 victory over Rutgers-Newark at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Sophomore Nick Baldasari keyed the rally by picking up a pair of hits in the eighth, including a three run home run. Senior Pace Bradshaw went 3-5 with a couple of runs scored and sophomore Bill McCollum added three hits, a pair of runs and three RBI in the comeback. In addition, senior Justin Godusky broke the SJU career record for consecutive games started with his 159th straight start. The victory improved SJU to 8-28-1, while Rutgers-Newark fell to 12-16. Plating a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, SJU led early in the ballgame 4-0. RU-Newark, however scratched back with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings and five runs in the seventh inning to take a 7-4 lead. The five-run seventh chased sophomore Al Braun from the game after 6.1 innings. Braun, who had thrown his best game in nearly a month, allowed nine hits and five runs (four earned) on the mound. Senior Mike Minerva, who tossed 1.2 innings and struck out a pair while allowing one earned run, relieved him. The beneficiary of the Hawks rally, Minerva improved to 3-1 in his last six appearances. Junior Mike Walls pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Crimson and Gray The outlook appeared gloomy for SJU, down by three runs in the bottom of the eighth, but junior John Kokol got things started with a single off the second baseman Ady Acevedo's glove. After Brian Brown pinch ran for Kokol, pinch hitter Jason Tarewicz walked. A wild pitch advanced Brown and Tarewicz up a base. Baldasari followed with a single to right field, plating Brown and sending Tarewicz to third. Walls drilled a pinch hit single to left center, scoring Baldasari and Tarewicz to tie the game. Walls, however, was cut down at second base trying to advance on the throw. With the score tied, the Scarlet Raiders made a pitching change bringing in sophomore Kevin Fillie to replace junior Alex Nicolov. Fillie promptly walked pinch hitter Brian Anecharico and then hit junior Kevin Dougher with a pitch. A single to center field by Bradshaw scored Anecharico with the game-winning run and advanced Dougher to third. McCollum then pulled a single down the right field line, plating Dougher and moving Bradshaw to third. After Godusky walked to load the bases, RU made another pitching change. Sophomore Steve Martinez induced Chris McLaughlin to pop out, but Tarewicz singled up the middle to make the score 11-7. Baldasari capped the inning with a titanic three-run homer to leftfield that closed out the scoring. The win was the fourth straight for SJU in which SJU had to rally for the victory. Minerva got the win in relief to improve to 3-5, while Fillie took the loss for Rutgers-Newark and is now 1-5. Godusky broke the SJU career record for consecutive games started of 158 previously held by Bill Weingartner from 1992-95. The Scarlet Raiders received two hits from five different players. Junior Brian Trepani had three RBI and sophomore Lucio Cardoso homered for Rutgers-Newark. The Hawks will head back to the diamond on Thursday with a game at Rider (3:00 PM). SJU then hosts Atlantic 10 East leader St. Bonaventure in a pivotal three-game series over the weekend.