March 7, 2012
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The St. John's offense collected a season-high 11 hits, while starter Brendan Lobban had six strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work as the Red Storm defeated Fairfield, 6-4. Pat Talbut was 3-for-5 and Matt Wessinger had two RBI to help lead St. John's (4-6). Martin Kelly and Zach Lauricella also had two hits apiece as the Red Storm eclipsed its previous season-high of eight hits. Lobban (1-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits. Billy Zolga was 1-for-4 with two RBI to pace Fairfield (4-6), while starter EJ Ashworth (0-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing one unearned run in 4.0 innings of work.
St. John's grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Talbut set the table with a one-out bunt single up the third baseline. Wessinger then reached on an error before a wild pitch set up runners on first and third. Talbut then scored on a balk with two outs to give the Red Storm the early advantage.
After allowing a one-out pinch hit single in the second inning, Lobban retired seven-straight, including four strikeouts, to keep the Stags off the board through four frames.
Ashworth, however, also settled in to retire nine-straight after a Lauricella leadoff single in the second inning.
Reliever Kyle Capaldo made it 10-straight after entering in the fifth before a one-out Frank Schwindel single started a three-run rally. Kelly followed with a two-out single into left field before Talbut loaded the bases with an infield single. Wessinger then lined a two-run single into centerfield before Talbut scored on a wild pitch to give St. John's a 4-0 lead.
Fairfield quickly answered, stringing together three-straight hits to open a two-run fifth inning. A leadoff single was followed by a double before Zolga lined a two-run single into centerfield to make it a 4-2 game.
St. John's responded with a run in the sixth to go up 5-2. After Lauricella doubled to the wall in left center with one out, Sean O'Hare ripped an RBI single inside the left field line.
The Stags answered again with a run off of Stephen Rivera in the sixth. A single and a walk opened the inning before a groundout set up runners on first and third. Sebastian Salvo followed with an RBI single to make it 5-3, but Rivera retired the next two batters to end the frame.
James Lomangino entered in the ninth and was greeted with a Mark Skrapits leadoff double. A groundout moved Skrapits to third before a sacrifice fly made it 6-4, but Lomangino induced a flyout in foul territory to end the game and notch his second save.
St. John's now travels to Lynchburg, Va., and opens up a four-game series against Liberty with a 3 p.m. game on March 9.