March 3, 2006
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The St. John's baseball team continued its hot start at the plate, and starting pitcher Nick Luisi allowed just one run in 6.0 innings, as the Red Storm defeated East Tennessee State by a big 15-1 margin on Friday afternoon. Eleven different players had hits in the game and 10 scored at least one run to lead a balanced attack, as St. John's improved to 2-3 on the season.
Luisi, who cruised through 6.0 innings to win his second straight start, lowered his season ERA to a team-best 2.20 in the win. He allowed five hits, three walks and one run in moving to 2-1 on the season. Freshmen Justin Gutsie and Colin Lynch and sophomore James Lally closed out the game with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief. Lynch, who made his career debut, struck out two in 1.0 inning, while Lally, who was making his first appearance of the season, worked a scoreless ninth inning.
Junior Chris Joachim went 4-for-5 with a game-high four RBI to extend a streak of multi-hit games to four, and Chris Anninos doubled twice and tied career-highs with two runs and two RBI. Gil Zayas hit his first career home run and drove in three runs, and the 1-2-3 combination of Will Vogl, Bryan Dirr and Sam DeLuca combined to reach base in nine of 15 plate appearances and score five runs.
Freshman Gino Matias added three hits and two RBI, and four of six bench players that entered the game recorded hits.
After ETSU scored the first run of the game on a second-inning solo homer by catcher Justin Aughey, the BIG EAST-leading Red Storm offense came back at least one run in the next five innings to blow the game open. An RBI double by Anninos in the third inning scored Joachim for the team's first lead at 2-1, and St. John's didn't look back.
A six-run seventh inning put the finishing touches on the win, as the bullpen held the Buccaneer offense scoreless the rest of the way.
The series resumes Saturday at 2 p.m., with St. John's RHP Rob Delaney (0-0, 10.50 ERA) scheduled to face East Tennessee State RHP Jeremy Hall (2-1, 4.94) in the probable pitching matchup.