March 9, 2013
RADFORD, Va. - A five-run second inning for Radford proved to be the difference as the Highlanders withstood four unanswered Red Storm runs and hung on to defeat St. John's, 5-4. Frank Schwindel finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored to lead St. John's (2-11), while Martin Kelly and Jimmy Brennan had two hits each. Sean Hagan (1-3) took the loss after allowing five runs in 7.0 innings of work. Josh Reavis had a three-run double to pace Radford (6-6) and Michael Boyle (2-1) surrendered three runs, one earned, in 6.0 innings of work for the win.
St. John's used leadoff singles to threaten in each of the first two innings, but Boyle worked out of both jams as the Red Storm stranded a pair of runners in each frame.
Hagan, meanwhile, worked a quick 1-2-3 first inning before Radford used a leadoff triple from Zach Woolcock to set the table for a five-run inning. Ryan Burgess followed with an RBI groundout to put the Higlanders on the board and Hagan retired the next batter, but three-straight two-out singles loaded the bases. Josh Gardiner followed with an RBI infield single before Reavis cleared the bases with a three-run double to right field that made it 5-0.
St. John's answered immediately with a three-run third inning. Pat Talbut led off with a single before scoring on a Sean O'Hare RBI double into the left field corner. Schwindel then reached on an error before Danny Bethea walked to load the bases with no outs. After O'Hare scored on a 5-4-3 double play, Brennan followed with an RBI single through the right side to make it a 5-3 game.
Hagan settled down with 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth frames en route to retiring eight-straight before allowing a leadoff single in the sixth.
The Red Storm used the long ball to cut the deficit to 5-4 in the eighth as Schwindel led off the frame with a solo blast over the left field fence for his second home run of the season.
Joey Graziano relieved Hagan in the eighth and had two strikeouts as part of a 1-2-3 frame that sent the game into the ninth with St. John's trailing 5-4.
St. John's put the tying run on base in the ninth as pinch hitter Dan Roland led off the inning with a single through the left side. A Ty Blankmeyer sacrifice bunt and a Kelly groundout pushed Roland to third, but a groundout ended the game as Radford held on for the win.
St. John's concludes its series against Radford with a 1 p.m. rubber game on March 10.