Feb. 17, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - St. John's was shutout by Florida Gulf Coast for the second time in three days as the Red Storm was limited to just four hits in a 4-0 loss to the Eagles. Pat Talbut was 1-for-2 with a walk and Sean O'Hare finished 1-for-3 for St. John's (0-4). James Lomangino (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, in 6.0 innings of work. Michael Murray (1-0) tossed 5.0 scoreless inning of relief to earn the win, while starter Brandon Bixler had six strikeouts in 4.0 shutout frames to lead Florida Gulf Coast (2-1).
A leadoff double by Brooks Beisner set the table in the second inning as Zack Tillery followed with an RBI single and FGCU took a 1-0 lead. Michael Suchy then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on an error as Tillery moved to third as a result of the errant throw. Colton Bottomley then gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Bixler, meanwhile, kept the Red Storm off the basepaths until issuing a leadoff walk to Talbut in the third. Bixler, however, struck out the next two batters before ending the inning with a pop up.
Lomangino worked a 1-2-3 third before St. John's put a runner in scoring position in the fourth as O'Hare reached on an error and stole second. Bixler retired the next two batters, however, to get out of the inning.
FGCU went to the bullpen to open the fifth and Talbut singled with one out before reliever Murray retired the next two batters to keep the Red Storm off the board.
Lomangino allowed a one out single in the fifth, but then struck out Brandon Bednar to begin an inning-ending strike-`em-out-throw-`em-out double play.
A leadoff double by Martin Kelly set the table in the third, but the Red Storm could not break through. O'Hare followed with a one-out walk before being erased on a double steal attempt as Kelly advanced to third. Murray then ended the inning with a strikeout.
The Eagles added an unearned run to go up 3-0 in the sixth. Mike Reeves reached on an error to open the inning before Sean Dwyer sent an RBI triple down the right field line. Lomangino retired the next three batters to end the inning and strand Dwyer at third base.
Alex Katz relieved Lomangino in the seventh and FGCU added another unearned run. Nick Rivera reached on an error to lead off the inning before an infield single gave the Eagles runners on first and second. Reeves followed with a two-out RBI single and FGCU led 4-0.
St. John's was retired in order in the eighth before O'Hare led off the ninth with a single. Murray retired the next three batters, however, to end the game.
Katz finished the game for St. John's, allowing one unearned run in 2.0 innings of relief.
St. John's now heads to Atlanta and opens a three-game series against Georgia Tech with a 4 p.m. game on Feb. 22.