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HAWK BATS COME ALIVE, BUT RALLIES FALL SHORT AGAINST NC STATE
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
RALEIGH, NC (03/16/02) - Saint Joseph's (1-14-1) pounded out 31 hits and plated 25 runs, but Hawk pitchers were unable to shutdown the powerful North Carolina State (16-5) attack, dropping both ends of a thrilling twinbill at Doak Field 15-13 and 14-12. The NC State victories gave the Wolfpack a sweep of a three-game series. Senior Justin Godusky keyed the attack going 6-7 with four runs and six RBI for the Crimson and Gray, while also becoming just the second player in SJU history to hit for the cycle. Godusky accomplished the feat in the opening game. In game two, NC State withstood a furious ninth-inning rally to defeat Saint Joseph's 15-13 and sweep a doubleheader. Wolfpack starter Daniel Caldwell (5-1) got the win after allowing six runs on seven hits in seven innings. Hawks starter Mike Minerva (0-4) took the loss after allowing 13 runs on 18 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The game started out looking like a blowout as NC State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. A long leadoff homer in the bottom of the second made it 5-0 NCSU and a two-run shot over the scoreboard in left-center to make it 7-0, Wolfpack. In the fourth, a two-out single to Godusky, an RBI double to John Kokol and a two-run home run to Kevin Dougher, sliced the lead to 7-3. The Wolfpack came right back in the bottom of the inning, ripping a two-run double over the left fielder's head to up the lead to 9-3. Jim Kelly led off the top of the fifth with a single and went to second when the throw to first was wild for an error. William Menke ripped a double down the left-field line to drive in Kelly, and Jason Tarewicz singled to center to drive home Menke and pull the Hawks to within four at 9-5. Godusky made it 9-6 with an RBI double down the line in left, driving in Tarewicz. An RBI double to right and another two-run home run to left lifted the Wolfpack to a 12-6 lead and shortly increased the lead to 15-6. The Hawks raised a ruckus in the top of the ninth and forced the Wolfpack into a pair of mid-inning pitching changes, but fell just short. Anthony DelGaudio led off and walked, and Menke homered to left. Ryan Hoagey pinch-hit and singled, and Rob Pimpenella followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Bill McCollum singled in one run, cutting the lead to 15-9, and Nick Baldasari hit a three-run homer to pull Saint Joseph's to within three runs at 15-12. Kokol beat out an infield single, and Dougher singled to left. DelGaudio reached on a force play, with Dougher out at second and Kokol advancing to third. Pinch-hitter Justin Wolfer walked to load the bases, and Menke singled to left to drive in a run and make it 15-13. NC State finally ended the SJU rally by getting pinch-hitter Michael Walls for the final out. The Hawks return from North Carolina this week, but stay in the area only briefly. SJU will travel to Maryland on Tuesday and then play a visit to Pennsylvania on Wednesday.