Feb. 23, 2013
ATLANTA - St. John's lost a pitcher's duel in walk-off fashion in game one before the offense came alive in game two as the Red Storm split a doubleheader against No. 16 Georgia Tech. St. John's (1-5) rallied for two runs in the eighth before losing 3-2 in the opener against Georgia Tech (5-1), before plating a season-high nine runs in a 9-7 game two triumph.
James Lomangino worked 6.0 innings of one-run ball to take a no-decision in the opener, while Ryan Horstman (0-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs in 2.1 innings of relief. Zach Lauricella had two RBI and both Danny Bethea and Dustin Breshears had two hits in the first game. Buck Farmer had seven strikeouts in 7.0 scoreless innings to take a no-decision for Georgia Tech, while Dylan Dore went 1-for-2 with the game-winning walk-off single.
Sean Hagan (1-1) allowed three runs in 7.0 innings of work to take the win in game two. Martin Kelly finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI, while Frank Schwindel had a three-run home run and Bret Dennis had a three-run double to pace the offensive attack in the nightcap. Dusty Isaacs (1-1) allowed six runs in 6.1 innings to take the loss, while Daniel Palka and Matt Gonzalez had two RBI apiece.
Georgia Tech used a two-out rally to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of game one. Lomangino retired the first two batters before allowing a single and issuing a walk. A.J. Murray followed with an RBI single into left field and the Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 advantage.
St. John's looked to get on the board in the third as Breshears set the table with a one-out double into the gap in right center, but Farmer responded with a strikeout before inducing a flyout into shallow center to end the inning.
Lomangino, meanwhile, used inning-ending double plays to get out of the second and third frames and the Yellow Jackets led 1-0 after three innings.
After Lomangino had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth, a leadoff single by Bethea set the table in the fifth and St. John's played small ball as Robert Case followed with a sacrifice bunt. A groundout moved Bethea to third with two outs, but Farmer ended the inning with a strikeout.
Lomangino settled into a groove and eventually retired 10-straight batters before allowing a two-out single to Brandon Thomas in the bottom of the sixth. Palka followed with a single before Murray walked to load the bases, but Lomangino kept the Yellow Jackets off the board with an inning-ending strikeout.
St. John's went to the bullpen in the seventh as Lomangino was lifted in favor of Horstman. After retiring the first batter he faced, Horstman allowed a solo home run to Zane Evans as Georgia Tech took a 2-0 lead. Horstman then retired the next two batters to send the game to the eighth.
The Red Storm then tied the game with a pair of runs against the Georgia Tech bullpen. Jonathan King replaced Farmer on the mound and Breshears drew a four-pitch walk before Kelly singled to right field. Dennis then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached first safely on an errant throw as the Red Storm loaded the bases with no outs. After King picked up a strikeout, Lauricella followed with a two-run double into right field to level the score at 2-2 and give St. John's runners on second and third with one out. King, however, retired the next two batters to prevent St. John's from taking the lead.
St. John's got a two-out single from Breshears in the top of the ninth, but could not score and the game remained tied.
Georgia Tech then took advantage of an error and won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth. Mott Hyde reached on an error to open the inning and was able to take second on the errant throw. After a groundout pushed Hyde to third, Dylan Dore lined an RBI single into right to give the Yellow Jackets a 3-2 win.
The second game opened up as another pitcher's duel through three innings. After Kelly drew a walk to lead off the game, Isaacs rolled a double play ball and eventually retired eight-straight.
Hagan, meanwhile, worked a 1-2-3 first inning and retired the first four batters before allowing a one-out single in the second. The lefty then retired five-straight as the game remained scoreless through three innings.
St. John's then broke through with a three-run fourth inning. Kelly led off the inning with a single before Dennis was plunked and a sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third. Schwindel then launched a two-out, three-run home run to left field to give the Red Storm a 3-0 lead.
Georgia Tech, however, answered with a three-run bottom of the fourth as the Yellow Jackets took advantage of three-straight hits to open the inning. After Sam Dove led off with a double, Thomas lined an RBI single into left and Palka followed with an RBI double. Hagan retired the next two batters before Hyde tied the score at 3-3 with an RBI double into left field.
The Red Storm immediately took the lead back with a run in the fifth. Breshears was plunked with one out before advancing to second on an Alex Caruso sacrifice bunt. Kelly then dropped an RBI double into center field and St. John's took a 4-3 lead.
St. John's put up another three-spot to take a 7-3 lead in the seventh. After Bethea drew a four-pitch walk, Breshears lined a one-out double to left to give the Red Storm runners on second on third and send Georgia Tech to the bullpen. Sam Clay entered and got a strikeout before plunking Kelly to load the bases. Dennis then cleared the bases by lining a full count pitch to the wall in right center for a two-out, three-run double.
Georgia Tech threatened in the eighth, but reliever Joey Graziano escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs to maintain the 7-3 lead. Hagan opened the inning, but was lifted after issuing a leadoff walk. Graziano entered and was greeted with a single before a walk loaded the bases with no outs. The reliever retired the next three batters, however, to send the game into the ninth.
The Red Storm added two insurance runs in the ninth to go up 9-3. Jimmy Brennan drew a leadoff walk before Pat Talbut reached on an infield single to give St. John's runners on first and second with one out. Kelly followed with a two-run double to left center, but was thrown out trying to head for third before a pop up ended the inning.
Georgia Tech made things interesting in the ninth as three Red Storm relievers combined to issue five walks as part of a four-run inning. Graziano issued back-to-back walks to open the ninth, but rebounded to retire the next two batters. Another walk loaded the bases and Graziano was lifted. Alex Katz entered the game and plunked Palka to force in a run before issuing a walk to Murray to force in another run. Gonzalez followed with a two-run double to cut the deficit to 9-7 and chase Katz from the game. Thomas Hackimer entered and reloaded the bases with a walk before fielding a comebacker and throwing home to get the final out at the plate.
St. John's returns to action on Feb. 24 for a 1 p.m. rubber game against Georgia Tech.