URI HOLDS OFF SJU TO COMPLETE SERIES SWEEP
NORRISTOWN, PA (5/04/03) - A two-run seventh inning rally was not enough to get the Saint Joseph's baseball team (16-29, 9-12 A-10) over the top, as the Hawks dropped a 4-3 decision to Rhode Island (23-23, 14-7 A-10) on senior day at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. Kevin Dougher went 3-5 with a couple of RBI in his final home game for SJU. The Rams tallied single runs in the first, third, sixth and seventh innings off St. Joe's starter Erik Vardijan. SJU added a run in the third and two in the seventh to make things interesting. With two out, senior Chris McLaughlin walked and Jake Iampietro reached on a dropped fly ball. Dougher then smacked a RBI single up the middle to make it 4-2. A wild pitch moved Iampietro to third base and junior Bill McCollum delivered a single to plate Iampietro and move Dougher to third. Senior Mike Walls then grounded out to first to end the threat. Vardijan (3-5) tossed 6.1 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned), but suffered the loss. Freshman Jason Volker allowed one hit over the final 2.2 innings in relief. URI's Jared Trout (5-2) hurled a complete game six-hitter to gain the victory. The Hawks honored their senior class in pregame festivities. Mike DeLorenzo, Erik Holman and John Kokol were recognized along with Dougher, McLaughlin and Walls prior to the game. SJU has final exams this week and will conclude the regular season next weekend with a three-game series at Massachusetts.