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VARDIJAN AND KOKOL HELP HAWKS SPLIT A-10 TWINBILL WITH XAVIER
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
BOXSCORE2 NORRISTOWN, Pa.(3/29/03) - Junior Erik Vardijan tossed a complete game three-hitter and senior John Kokol had four hits, including a home run, and scored the winning run on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Saint Joseph's baseball team (4-14, 1-4 A-10) split an Atlantic 10 doubleheader with Xavier (9-12-2, 2-3 A-10) at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The Hawks took game two, 3-2, while XU captured the opener, 5-1. Vardijan sparkled on the hill for the Hawks. He scattered just three hits and struckout four, surrendering just one earned run. He had allowed just one hit and was on track to hurl SJU's first shutout since 1999, but an error by freshman Ryan Stadanlick in the top of the seventh opened thedoor for Xavier and the Musketeers rallied for a pair of runs on two hits to tie the game at 2-2. With one out Kokol smacked a double the opposite way off the wall in left field. Musketeer reliever Kevin Crowley then proceededto walk Stadanlick and fellow freshman Jason Volker to load the bases. He then walked pinch hitter sophomore Rob Pimpinella to force home the winning run. Kokol had given SJU an early 1-0 lead on a solo homer to dead centerfield. The Hawks made it 2-0 in the sixth inning on a single by senior Kevin Dougher, a double by Kokol and a wild pitch by Xavier starter Greg Wiggers. Vardijan (1-2) got the win and Crowley (2-2) suffered the loss. Kokol went 4-4 with a homer and two doubles. Senior Mike Walls added three hits. Xavier picked up the win in game one as both starters went the distance. XU's Adam Jahnsen (2-1) picked up the win scattering five hits and striking out four. Erik Holman (0-4) allowed five runs on 13 hits. The Musketeers plated two runs in the third, one in the fourth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Hawks' lone run came courtesy of a solo homer by junior Jason Tarewicz in the sixth inning. Xavier's Eric Greenwell rapped four hits to lead the Muskie attack. Sophomore Joe DiNubile had a couple of knocks for the Hawks. The two teams are slated to conclude their three-game series on Sunday at noon.