Feb. 15, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - The St. John's offense managed just three hits, went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring and left six runners on base in a 6-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Opening Day, marking the first time the squad has been shutout in a season-opener since 1995. Zach Lauricella reached base three times and finished 1-for-2 with a double, while Danny Bethea was 1-for-3 with a double to pace St. John's (0-1). Sean Hagan (0-1) had four strikeouts and retired 11-straight batters at one point, but allowed four runs in 5.2 innings to take the loss. Ricky Knapp (1-0) allowed just two hits in 6.0 scoreless innings to earn the win for FGCU (1-0), while Brooks Beisner finished 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the Eagles.
FGCU threatened in the top of the first inning as Tyler Selesky drew a leadoff walk and Mike Reeves followed with a single, but Hagan followed with a strikeout and a pair of flyouts to escape the jam and keep the Eagles off the board.
Following a 1-2-3 frame for Hagan in the second, Frank Schwindel reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the inning. Schwindel was erased on a double play before Lauricella roped a ground rule double into center field, but was stranded.
Another 1-2-3 inning in the third gave Hagan nine-straight batters retired, but FGCU got on the board with a two-out rally in the fourth. After Hagan opened the inning with back-to-back strikeouts to retire 11-straight batters, Brandon Bednar doubled into centerfield. Zack Tillery followed with an RBI single through the right side before Beisner lifted a two-run home run to left field to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
A leadoff walk to Lauricella and a one-out single by Jimmy Brennan gave St. John's runners on first and second in the fifth frame, but Knapp induced an inning-ending double play.
The Eagles plated three more runs in the sixth inning. After leading off with a double, Sean Dwyer advanced to third on a flyout to center and scored on a Bednar sacrifice fly. Hagan was then lifted and Tillery greeted reliever Joey Graziano with an infield single before Beisner made it 6-0 with his second two-run blast of the game.
FGCU went to the bullpen in the seventh and St. John's threatened, but stranded runners on second and third. Following a Bethea ground rule double, Lauricella was plunked and pinch hitter Jamal Clarke advanced the runners to second and third with a groundout. Reliever Gabe Rivera, however, induced an inning-ending lineout.
After working a scoreless seventh, Graziano added a scoreless eighth frame and allowed two runs in 2.1 innings of work in his collegiate debut.
FGCU reliever Danny Patrick worked a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game and preserve the shutout.
St. John's returns to action on Feb. 16 with an 11 a.m. game against Mercer.