No. 21 St. John's Splits Doubleheader with UC Davis|
March 4, 2018
DAVIS, Calif. - After moving to 8-0 on the season with a convincing 8-0 victory in the opening tilt of a doubleheader with UC Davis, the St. John's baseball team suffered its first loss of the season in game number two, falling to the Aggies, 10-6.
For the third time in the club's last four tries, the St. John's baseball team held its opponent off the board in the opening game of a doubleheader with UC Davis, taking the contest by a score of 8-0.
Sean Mooney moved to 3-0 on the season with another shutdown performance. The sophomore right-hander tossed five scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six.
Kevin Magee relieved Mooney in the sixth, throwing three scoreless with five punch outs and four hits. Chris Henry made his second appearance as a member of the Red Storm, registering a no-hit ninth to seal the victory.
Jamie Galazin and John Valente led the way for St. John's offensively, both going 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored. All three of Galazin's hits were for extra bases, as the senior outfielder recorded a pair of doubles in addition to his long ball.
Wyatt Mascarella registered his second-straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with an RBI triple.
Freshman Chris Stefl recorded his first hit as a member of the Red Storm, singling in the sixth.
For the third-straight game, St. John's hung a crooked number in the top of the first. On the first pitch of the contest, Valente ripped a single up the middle. Just two pitches later, Galazin doubled to left, advancing Valente to third and allowing the graduate student to score on a Stampfl sacrifice fly to center in the following at bat. After Galazin moved to third on a passed ball, another sac fly, this time off the bat of Hogan, gave the Red Storm a 2-0 advantage.
UC Davis threatened in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with just one out. Mooney worked his way out of the jam; however, striking out a batter and getting a fly ball to center to end the Aggie threat.
Leading off the top of the third, Galazin sent the first pitch he saw over the wall, logging his first round tripper of the season and putting the Red Storm on top by three.
Two innings later, it was Valente's turn to mash a leadoff homer, extending the St. John's lead to 4-0 with his second of the year. The Red Storm would add one more in the frame, as Galazin walked before moving 180 feet on a pair of grounders. With Galazin on third, Shaw singled up the middle to bring him home and bump the Johnnies' advantage to five.
After Mooney retired the Aggies on just seven pitches in the bottom of the fifth, the Johnnies added three more in the top of the sixth. Stefl singled to center to lead off the inning before exiting for a pinch runner, Brandon Miller. Mascarella brought Miller home just two pitches later, tripling to center and making it 6-0 in favor of the Johnnies. Following a Mike Antico sac fly to center, Valente singled to the pitcher and advanced to second on a throwing error before coming around to score on a Galazin two-bagger, his second of the day.
The Aggies again loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, this time against Magee. The senior southpaw worked his way out of the jam unaided, striking out two-straight UC Davis batters to strand all three runners and keep the shutout alive.
St. John's was undone by a six-run bottom of the fifth in the second tilt of a twin bill with UC Davis, suffering its first loss of the season, 10-6, to the Aggies.
The Red Storm outhit the Aggies, 11-9, but left 12 runners on base. UC Davis on the other hand, stranded just four.
Valente drove in four of the Red Storm's six tallies, hitting a three-run homer and lifting a sac fly. Mascarella and Antico also recorded RBIs.
Shaw, Mascarella and Matt Woods registered multi-hit efforts, picking up two knocks apiece. Over his last three games, Mascarella is now 8-for-11.
The Johnnies threatened early, loading the bases with one out in the first following singles from Galazin and Stampfl coupled with a Hogan walk. A 6-4-3 double play, however, quickly ended the danger for UC Davis.
After a scoreless home half, the Johnnies struck for three runs in the top of the second. Following singles from Mascarella and Woods to put runners on the corners with two outs, Valente brought them all home with his second dinger of the day.
UC Davis promptly responded with two runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, taking a 4-3 lead and putting the Johnnies behind in a game for the first time since their season opener against Campbell on Feb. 16.
After a scoreless fourth, the Red Storm regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Shaw led off the frame with a single through the right side before advancing to second on a balk and taking third on a wild pitch. After Mascarella walked to put runners on the corners with Antico at the plate, the sophomore reached base on an RBI fielder's choice and tied the game at four. Antico eventually came around to score on a Valente sac fly later in the inning, returning the lead to the Red Storm, 5-4, after four and a half.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Aggies scored more runs against St. John's than the Red Storm had allowed to any team in a whole game this season. Four of those tallies came on one swing of the bat, as Ryan Hooper hit a grand slam off the left field foul pole.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Shaw doubled before coming around to score on a Mascarella single in the following at bat, cutting the Aggies' lead to four, 10-6.
St. John's stranded a runner on third in top of the seventh, but the Johnnies went down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings.
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