Righty works 7.0 innings of one-run ball to lead Red Storm
Red Storm uses four-run second to level series against Wildcats.
Red Storm pitching tosses combined three-hit shutout in opener.
Caruso and Berardi combine for six RBI in victory.
St. John's returns 20 letterwinners from a squad that went 41-16 last season.
Played in 21 games, making one start... hit .263 with a .440 on-base percentage... slugged .474... drew six walks in just 25 plate appearances... registered one home run... went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored against UMBC (Feb. 25)... doubled and drove in a run in his lone start of the season against UMass Lowell (March 18)... singled and drew a walk, scoring twice against NYIT (April 18)... launched a two-run homer into the right field bullpen against Iona (May 2)... walked and scored a run against Georgetown (May 6)... drew a walk and came around to score against Villanova (May 18).
As a Sophomore (2016):
Made appearances in 33 games, including 10 starts… batted .294 with a home run, three doubles and 12 RBIs… drew a walk in the season opener against Richmond (Feb. 19)… registered his first hit of the season against UNCW (Feb. 20)… drove in a run against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 27)… went 1-for-4 and scored a run against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 28)… went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI against Fairleigh Dickinson (March 9)… registered two hits for the second-straight game and drove home a pair of runs against Fairfield (March 16)… went 1-for-3 at Nevada (March 19)… went 2-for-2 and drove in four runs in the first game of a doubleheader against La Salle (March 26)… started a three-game hitting streak in the second game of a doubleheader against Georgetown (April 8)… drove in a run at Villanova (April 16)… went 1-for-3 with an RBI against Saint Peter’s (April 19)… knocked a pinch-hit single in the second game of a doubleheader at Xavier (April 23)… picked up an RBI against LIU Brooklyn (April 27)… registered a hit in the BIG EAST Tournament against Seton Hall (May 27)… went 2-for-3 , scored a pair of runs and registered an RBI against Creighton (May 28).
As a Freshman (2015)
Appeared in seven games, including one start ... batted .000 (0-for-10) with one RBI and one run scored ... drew four walks and posted a .286 on-base percentage ... made first-career start against Holy Cross (March 15) ... finished 0-for-1 with three walks, one RBI and one run scored at Fairleigh Dickinson (March 13) ... went 0-for-1 in collegiate-debut at Georgia Tech (Feb. 13).
At Seton Hall Prep
A three-year letterwinner for the Pirates ... served as a team captain as a senior ... garnered second team all-state accolades as a senior ... a three-time first team All-Essex County selection ... earned first team All-Super Essex Conference American Division honors as a senior ... a 2014 honorable mention Perfect Game Preseason All-Northeast Region selection ... a second team All-Super Essex Conference American Division choice as a junior ... squad won back-to-back county championships (2013-14) ... earned MVP honors after helping Jersey City RBI win Senior Baseball Division Championship ... also earned two basketball letters.
Mark Anthony Venice ... born in Bayonne, N.J. ... son of Mark and Nancy Venice ... chose St. John's for the baseball program and its tradition ... lists his parents as the people he most admires ... lists Mike Trout as his favorite athlete ... majoring in sport management.