Season-High 11 Hits Help St. John's Down Fairfield, 6-4

REDSTORMSPORTS.COM Brendan Lobban had six strikeouts and walked none in 5.0 innings of work.
Brendan Lobban had six strikeouts and walked none in 5.0 innings of work.

March 7, 2012

Box Score

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.

Matt Carasiti had two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth and Anthony Iacomini launched a two-out solo home run in the top of the ninth to give the Red Storm a 6-3 advantage.

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.


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