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BUFFALO, N.Y.-Five times this season, Chris Falk has quieted opposing hitters and led the St. Joe's Marauders to victory.

Falk, who is 5-2, has struck out 37 batters with a 0.92 ERA in 8 appearances this season.

He will take the mound on Wednesday and hope to have similar success in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association semifinals against Cardinal O'Hara (3-9 MMAA).

"A big key (to Wednesday's game) is a good outing from Chris," said St. Joe's head coach Paul Nasca. "He's been our guy all year long."

In addition to Falk, a senior, Nasca expects big contributions at the top of the batting order from junior Derek Penman and senior Philip Wells to continue.

Wells, a returning All-Western New York outfielder, leads the team in hits with 24, while Penman has the highest batting average at .400. He also has 22 hits on the season.

The Marauders (17-8, 12-2 MMAA) may indeed need a big day at the plate.

"We need a balanced attack," Nasca said. "Their pitcher, Matt Glowacki, is very good. He can cause fits. We have to swing the bat well and make him work very hard to get outs."

St. Joe's handily won both regular season meetings with Cardinal O'Hara, 17-0 and 18-2.

The winner advances to the Georgetown Cup, which St. Joe's has won the last two years.

Wednesday's game at St. Joe's begins at 4:30 pm.

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