March 8, 2013
RADFORD, Va. - Starter James Lomangino totaled a career-high 10 strikeouts and St. John's used a two-out, two-run ninth-inning rally to defeat Radford, 4-3. Dustin Breshears finished 2-for-4, while Jimmy Brennan and Martin Kelly each went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning RBI to lead St. John's (2-10). Lomangino allowed three runs, two earned, in 6.0 innings to take the no-decision and Ryan Horstman (1-2) worked 2.1 scoreless innings to record his first-career win. Six different hitters recorded a hit to pace Radford (5-6), while Tyler Costello (1-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs in 8.2 innings of work.
St. John's took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the first runs scored in the first inning this season for the Red Storm. Pat Talbut turned a nine-pitch at-bat into a single with one out before Sean O'Hare followed with a single to give the Red Storm runners on first and third. Costello retired the next batter, but Frank Schwindel followed with an RBI single to put St. John's on the board before Danny Bethea chopped an RBI double inside the third base bag.
Radford tied the game in the bottom of the frame as Lomangino issued consecutive walks to start the inning. Jeff Kemp followed with an RBI double into the gap in left center before Lomangino got a strikeout and a pop up. Lomangino then struck out Alexander Lee for the third out, but a passed ball extended the inning as Lee reached first and the runner from third scored to make it 2-2.
St. John's stranded a pair of runners in second as Breshears and Kelly put together back-to-back one-out singles before Costello got a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.
A leadoff double set the table for Radford to take the lead in the second inning. After the Red Storm was unsuccessful in an attempt to retire the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt, the Highlanders were left with runners on the corners. Lomangino followed with a strikeout, but Josh Reavis put Radford on top, 3-2, with an RBI groundout.
Lomangino added one strikeout in the third frame and two more in the fourth before inducing three groundouts as part of a 1-2-3 fifth frame. The righty struck out the side in the sixth to finish his day with a career-high 10 strikeouts.
After surrendering a total of six hits in the first two innings, Costello settled down to work 1-2-3 innings in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth frames.
Costello eventually retired 19-straight batters before Bethea drew a two-out walk in the ninth to spark the two-run rally. Pinch runner Ty Blankmeyer then stole second before Bret Dennis walked and Brennan grounded an RBI single up the middle to tie the game and chase Costello. Breshears greeted reliever Mike Costello with an infield single to load the bases before Kelly drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run.
A one-out walk in the bottom of the ninth chased Horstman from the game as St. John's brought in Thomas Hackimer. The reliever promptly induced a groundball and St. John's got the forceout, but a muffed throw at first allowed the batter to reach safely. A walk to Reavis gave Radford runners on first and second, but Hackimer ended the game with a lineout for his second save of the season.
St. John's continues its series against Radford with a 2 p.m. game on March 9.