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MCCOLLUM AND BRAUN HELP HAWKS SALVAGE SPLIT
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
BOXSCORE2 NORRISTOWN, PA (4/13/03) - A pair of home runs by junior Bill McCollum and a strong effort in relief by sophomore Al Braun allowed the Saint Joseph's baseball team (9-18, 5-7 A-10) to defeat Temple (11-14, 5-4 A-10), 13-7, in the second game of a doubleheader and salvage the final contest of a three-game Atlantic 10 Conference series at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. The Hawk victory snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Owls, who won game one 8-3. St. Joe's erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first inning of game two, as Temple used three different pitchers in the opening frame. TU then came back, scoring four runs on four hits against Hawk starter sophomore Ryan Hoagey, including back-to-back home runs by Rob Cucinotta and Al Roach. Braun relieved Hoagey with two out in the fourth and kept the Owls in relative check the rest of the way to earn his first win of the season. He allowed two earned runs and struckout four in 5.1 innings of work. Braun was aided by the Hawk hitters, who matched season-highs with 13 runs and 13 hits. The Hawks scored in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to add insurance. McCollum did a large chunk of the damage cracking a three-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh. The two round trippers tied a SJU single game record. McCollum went 3-6 in the game with three runs scored and four RBI. Senior Mike DeLorenzo added three hits, including a pair of doubles, while fellow senior Kevin Dougher and junior Nick Baldasari had two hits apiece for the Hawks. Mike Weckenman smacked four hits for Temple. Temple starter Justin Mendek (1-2), who was roughed up for six runs in 0.1 innings, took the loss. It was Temple that broke out to the early lead in the day's first game, scoring four times in the first inning, before coasting to the 8-3 win. TU plated all eight runs against SJU starter junior Erik Vardijan (2-3), although just five of the runs were earned, in six innings. The Owls Mike Caron (3-3) hurled a complete game to get the win. Saint Joseph's will face Lehigh on Tuesday at Limeport Stadium and then pays a visit to Delaware on Wednesday before Traveling to Fordham for a three-game A-10 series on Friday and Saturday.