Offense Comes Alive As St. John’s Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson, 16-1|
March 9, 2016
TEANECK, N.J. - Five players registered multi-RBI games as St. John’s used a 21-hit barrage to defeat Fairleigh Dickinson, 16-1, in a game that was shortened to eight innings due to darkness.
Gui Gingras went 3-for-5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle as part of a career-high five-RBI game to lead St. John’s (5-6) to its third-straight win. Michael Donadio was 3-for-3 with two RBI and also finished a triple shy of the cycle, while Jamie Galazin went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three stolen bases. Robbie Knightes and Jesse Berardi added two RBI apiece, and Alex Caruso was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Joe Kelly (1-0) earned the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Matt McCann, Dylan Sprague and John Giakas each went 1-for-3 for Fairleigh Dickinson (2-6). John Chalupa (0-1) took the loss, allowing six runs in 2.2 innings of work.
St. John’s sent seven men to the plate and used the long ball to take an early three-run lead in the top of the first. Caruso started things off with a leadoff double before Knightes followed with a one-out RBI single. Gingras then launched a two-run home run to straightaway center and the Red Storm quickly led 3-0 after just four batters.
Following a 1-2-3 bottom of the first from starter Cole Whitney (3.0 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 4K), St. John’s extended its lead to 4-0 with a run in the second. Berardi and Caruso set the table with consecutive one-out walks before Knightes lined an RBI double into the left field corner. A quick relay on the play, however, got Caruso at home to end the inning.
The Red Storm chased Chalupa in the third as another home run made it a 6-0 ballgame. After Josh Shaw grounded a double inside the third base bag, Donadio blasted a two-run shot to center.
St. John’s broke open the game with five two-out runs in the fifth. Donadio and Galazin set the table with back-to-back one-out singles before a double steal gave the Red Storm runners on second and third. Berardi followed with a two-out, two-run single before a Caruso single set up runners on the corners. After Berardi scored on a wild pitch, Ty Blankmeyer singled and Anthony Brocato walked to load the bases. Gingras then gave the Red Storm an 11-0 advantage with a two-run double to the wall in right center.
A leadoff triple by Mark Venince set the table for a run in the sixth. Galazin promptly followed with an RBI single and St. John’s led 12-0.
The first seven batters reached safely as the Red Storm tacked on four more runs in the seventh. Caruso started things with a single before Blankmeyer walked. After Brocato singled, Gingras added an RBI single and Shaw was plunked to load the bases. Venice and Galazin followed with back-to-back RBI singles before Kyle Cunningham made it 16-0 with an RBI groundout.
The Knights benefitted from two errors in the eighth, plating an unearned run for the final 16-1 margin.
St. John’s travels to Carbondale, Ill., and opens a three-game series against Southern Illinois on March 11 with a 4 p.m. contest.