Offense Comes Alive As St. John's Rolls Past Florida Memorial, 18-1|
March 4, 2014
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Six players registered multi-RBI games as St. John's scored at least one run in all but two innings and cruised to an 18-1 victory against Florida Memorial. Robert Wayman finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Matt Harris recorded his second-straight three RBI game and went 2-for-6 with a home run to lead St. John's (3-7). Dan Roland had three RBI, Michael Donadio had a home run and two RBI, and Jarred Mederos and Ty Blankmeyer added two RBI apiece. Chris Kalica (1-1) earned the win with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief. Carlos Senluis went 2-for-2 and Luthianos McPhee finished 1-for-2 with an RBI to pace Florida Memorial (3-14).
Florida Memorial took the early lead with one run in the first inning. Starter Mike Sheppard III plunked each of the first two batters before rolling a 6-4-3 double play that left the Lions with a runner on third and two outs. McPhee followed with an RBI single up the middle and Florida Memorial quickly led 1-0.
St. John's answered right back with three runs in the second after taking advantage of three-straight walks to open the frame. Blankmeyer followed with an RBI fielder's choice to tie the game and Alex Caruso was plunked to reload the bases before Roland walked to force in a run. Wayman then lined an RBI single through the left side to give the Red Storm a 3-1 lead before Sheppard settled down to work a 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the inning.
The Red Storm added two more runs in the third after loading the bases with one out. Mederos doubled to the wall in left with one out before Zach Lauricella reached on an error and Tyler Sanchez walked to load the bases. Blankmeyer followed with an RBI single into right field before Caruso walked with the bases loaded to force in a run and make it a 5-1 ballgame.
After Kalica entered and worked a scoreless third frame, St. John's scored for the third-straight inning as Lauricella made it 6-1 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
St. John's sent 10 men to the plate as part of a five-run fifth frame. Blankmeyer led off with an infield single, but reached second on an error. Roland followed with a one-out RBI double before Wayman walked and Harris grounded an RBI single through the right side. Mederos added a two-out, two-run triple before a Sanchez RBI double gave the Red Storm an 11-1 advantage.
The Red Storm rallied with two outs and used the long ball to add two runs in the sixth. The first two batters were retired before Wayman extended the inning with a walk. Harris then made it a 13-1 score by launching his first-career home run, a two-run blast to right center.
Reliever Alex Katz worked a 1-2-3 frame in the sixth to complete his outing with 2.0 scoreless frames.
St. John's loaded the bases with one out and scored for the sixth-straight inning as part of a three-run seventh frame. Lauricella walked with one out before Troy Dixon was plunked and Bret Dennis loaded the bases with a single to right center. Pinch hitter Donadio followed with an RBI fielder's choice before Roland and Wayman made it 16-1 with back-to-back RBI singles.
St. John's tacked on two more runs in the ninth. Donadio led off the frame with his first-career home run, a solo blast to right field. After Roland walked, Wayman singled up the middle before a Harris fielder's choice gave the Red Storm runners on the corners with one out. Joe Burns then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field for the final 18-1 margin.
St. John's returns to action and opens a three-game series at Nebraska with a 2:35 p.m. (ET) game on March 7.