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SAINT JOSEPH'S SPLITS A-10 TWIN BILL WITH UMASS
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
NORRISTOWN, PA (5/04/02) -- Spurred on by strong outings on the hill from senior Mike Minerva and sophomore Bill McCollum, the Saint Joseph's University baseball team split a critical Atlantic 10 doubleheader with Massachusetts at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. UMass won the first game 4-2 in eight innings, while SJU claimed game two by an identical 4-2 margin. The Hawks, who remain just one game out of second place in the A-10's east division, are now 14-33-1 overall, 8-12 in the A-10. The Minutemen stand at 18-21, 7-13 in the A-10. UMass captured game one of the doubleheader, as senior Jesse Santos outdueled Minerva on the mound. Santos hurled a complete game, allowing just four hits and two runs to improve to 7-2 on the season. Minerva (4-7) also went the distance for his fourth straight complete game, but took the loss. The righthander was victimized by three Hawk errors, which made three of UM's four runs unearned. The teams went to the eighth inning knotted at 2-2, but UMass tallied a pair of runs in the top half of the inning to win it. A solo home run by senior Mike Kulak opened the inning and sophomore Adam Stojanowski later scored from third on a passed ball. Junior John Kokol homered for the Hawks in the fifth. Junior Mike Walls saw his 18-game hitting streak come to an end in the contest. In game two, SJU plated three runs in the second inning off Santos, who started both ends of the doubleheader, and added an insurance run in the sixth to record the 4-2 win. McCollum gave up eight hits in 6.2 innings to improve to 4-4. Santos suffered the loss to fall to 7-3. Walls struck out the only batter he faced to earn his first collegiate save. UMass plated a run in the top of the first and one in the fifth off McCollum, but SJU struck back with three in the second and a single tally in the sixth. Back-to-back singles by senior Justin Godusky and Walls got the second inning started for the Crimson and Gray. A double by sophomore Jason Tarewicz then plated Godusky. A single to rightfield by sophomore Nick Baldisari scored Walls and Tarewicz sped home when the rightfielder bobbled the ball. SJU and UMass will conclude their three game series on Sunday at noon. The Hawks will celebrate senior day with pregame festivities.