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UMASS WINS RUBBER GAME FROM HAWKS 15-6
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (5/05/02) -- Three big innings offensively and five Saint Joseph's errors helped Massachusetts win the rubber game of a three-game Atlantic 10 series from SJU, 15-6. With the loss SJU falls to 14-34-1 overall, 8-13 in the A-10, while UMass improves to 19-22, 8-13 A-10. The two teams are currently tied for fourth place in the A-10's Eastern division with just one weekend left to play. The Minutemen did all of their damage in three innings, scoring four runs in the third, six in the fifth and five in the ninth. Aaron Senez (3-5, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Tom Ellerbrook (3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI) did most of the damage for UMass. The big fifth inning knocked Hawk starter Erik Vardijan from the game. SJU, meanwhile tallied single runs in the fourth, sixth, eight and ninth innings and two runs in the seventh, but it was not enough to rally the Crimson and Gray. Senior Justin Godusky, juniors John Kokol and Mike Walls and sophomore Jason Tarewicz each had a pair of hits and junior Mike DeLorenzo belted his first home run as a Hawk. Vardijan allowed nine hits and ten runs, although only six were earned, and took the loss to fall to 2-5 overall. Sophomore Erik Holman relieved Vardijan and tossed the final 4.1 innings. Holman retired ten in a row at one point before running into trouble in the ninth. Sophomore Eric Chown hurled 7.2 innings for UM, scattering nine hits, to improve to 3-7. SJU recognized its senior class of Godusky, Pace Bradshaw, Mike Minerva and Jim Kelly , as well as manager Cassie McNamara and trainer Audrey Krause in pregame ceremonies. The Hawks are tentatively slated to play Drexel on Thursday afternoon at a yet to be determined location, before concluding the year at Temple next weekend.