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DIAMONDMEN RALLY FROM TEN DOWN TO STUN GW, 15-12
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (4/10/04) - A five-run fourth and a nine-run sixth inning keyed a miraculous comeback, as Saint Joseph's (7-29, 2-7 A-10) rallied from a 10-0 deficit to defeat Atlantic 10 West Division leader George Washington (22-12, 7-2 A-10) and salvage the final game of a three-game series at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. SJU sophomore Ryan Stadanlick hit a grand slam to fuel the comeback, senior Bill McCollum tossed four innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. G.W. led 10-0 after three and a half innings when SJU got on the comeback trail. In the bottom of the fourth, Jason Volker led off with a double and then, with one out, an error and a passed ball allowed SJU to get on the board. Back-to-back walks proceeded to load the bases for Stadanlick, who crushed a grand slam over the wall in left-center field to cut the lead in half. SJU crept within four at 10-6, scoring a single run in the fifth, but the Colonials responded with two more runs in the top of the sixth to take a 12-6 lead. McCollum entered the game with the bases loaded and no one out and pitched SJU out of a jam to keep the game close. SJU then exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good. Thirteen batters came to the plate in the inning with eight different Hawks crossing home plate. McCollum (1-5) tossed the final four innings, scattering three hits and striking out four. Freshman Joel Grimshaw also pitched well for SJU, bridging the gap by tossing 4.0 innings in relief of Braun. Anthony Smith started for GW and allowed six runs on five hits before giving way to Bill Simpson in the sixth. SImpson failed to retire a batter and allowed six runs. Nick Koken (2-1) finally bailed GW out in the sixth, but surrendered three runs (two earned) in the sixt and suffered his first loss of the year. SJU freshman Brian Schappert reached base all five times with a double and four walks and scored three runs. Nick Baldasari, was 2-5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. McCollum, Volker and freshman Mike Gentile, who entered the game as a pinch hitter all had two hits. Four different Colonials had a pair of hits, including Ryan Roberson, Smith, Brad Rosenblat and Jeff Fertitta. The Hawks fell behind 6-0 in the top of the first as G.W. sent 10 men to the plate. A three-run homer by Roberson and a two-run double by Rosenblat were the key blows. The outburst knocked Hawk starter Al Braun out of the game after on inning. The Colonials then added two runs in the second and two more in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead. SJU travels to Towson on Wednesday, before hosting Massachusetts in a three-game A-10 set next weekend.