SJU CRUSHES UMES, 14-1 & 13-1, TO REACH .500
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (04/24/01) - The St. Joseph's baseball team (18-18-1, 6-4 A-10) routed Maryland-Eastern Shore, 14-1 and 13-1, in a doubleheader to reach the .500 mark for the season. Since a 1-9 start, SJU is 17-9-1 and in the thick of the hunt in the Atlantic 10 race. Seniors Don Peterson and Ryan Woods collected the wins on the mound for the Hawks. The SJU attack completely dominated the outmatched Fighting Hawks, outscoring them 27-2 and outhitting them 23-7. Both games were stopped after five innings due to a 10-run mercy rule. Eric Wyatt immediately set the tone for the day, homering in the first at bat of the day to put SJU up, 1-0. The visitors eventually built upa 14-0 lead before UMES tacked on a run late. Peterson, making his second start of the year, improved to 2-0. At the plate, Kevin Kirikby was 3-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. John Kokol went 2-2 with 1 run and 3 RBI. In game two, SJU exploded for nine runs in the first inning and coasted to the 13-1 win. Woods earned his first victory of the season. Justin Godusky, Pace Bradshaw and Michael Walls had big days. Walls and Godusky each had a pair of hits, including a home run, each. Bradshaw was 2-3 with 5 RBI. SJU will visit crosstown rival Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon, before flying to Ohio to face-off against Dayton in a critical A-10 series.