UMASS TAKES TWO FROM SJU; HAWKS ON BRINK OF A-10 ELIMINATION
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications
AMHERST, MA (05/08/01) - Dreams of a first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament appearance all but came to an end as Massachusetts (22-17, 12-6 A-10) swept a doubleheader from St. Joseph's (22-24-1, 9-9 A-10), 13-8 and 9-5. More significantly for the Hawks, the squad may have lost Kevin Kirkby for the rest of the year, when he was hit in the face with a fastball in the final inning of game number two. Kikrby was making his 203rd appearance as a Hawk, breaking the previous SJU record of 202 held by Robbie Reed from 1997-01. Justin Godusky homered twice for the Hawks. The day began well for the Crimson and Gray, as the Hawks jumped out to a 7-1 lead after four innings of game one. A two-run homer by Godusky in the second served as the big blow for SJU. UMass, however, rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it a 7-6 ball game. The Minutemen then tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth to take the lead. A five run sixth inning put the game out of reach. The Hawks a dded a single run late for the final margin. Ryan Woods started the game for SJU and looked good for three innings. Doug Sieger then through an 1.1 innings on just two days rest. He suffered the loss and fell to 3-4 on the year. The second game was knotted at 2-2 after two innings, but then UMass began to pull away. The Minutemen added one run in the third, two in the fourth and four in the sixth inning to build up a 9-2 advantage. The Hawks rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh on round trippers by Godusky and Mike DeVincentis. The homers, however, were sandwiched around the bloody scene of Kirkby being hit in the face. Kirkby was shaken, but coherent and able to move under his own poer after being down for several minutes. He was taken to the hospital and early reports looked like it was only a deep cut that would require stitches. His status, however for the remainder of the year is unknown. Mike Minerva through a complete game on the mound for SJU, but suffered the defeat, falling to 1-4. Kirkby was having a tremendous afternoonf for the Hawks going 4-6. Also hitting well were DeVincentis who went 3-5 with 2 runs, 3 RBI, a home run and 3 walks. Godusky crakced a pair of homers. Tomorrow, the two teams will finish the three-game set with a single game at noon. SJU wraps up the season next weekend with a three-game series against Rhode Island on Saturday and Sunday at Latshaw-McCarthy Field.