March 10, 2013
RADFORD, Va. -
Six players recorded multi-hit games, including four players that finished with multi-RBI games, as all nine players recorded at least one hit as part of a season-high 16-hit attack that led St. John's to a series-clinching 12-9 win against Radford.
Martin Kelly was 3-for-5 with three RBI and Frank Schwindel finished 2-for-5 with three RBI to lead St. John's (3-11). Sean O'Hare homered and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Kyle Lombardo was 2-for-6 with two RBI, while Ty Blankmeyer and Dan Roland added two hits each. Ryan McCormick (1-2) allowed four runs in 5.0 innings of work for the win. Josh Gardiner was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead Radford (6-7), while Keith Fritz (1-1) surrendered six runs in 4.2 innings for the loss.
St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Pat Talbut set the table with a bloop double inside the right field line to open the frame. After Blankmeyer was plunked, a Kelly sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third before Schwindel put the Red Storm on the board with an RBI groundout.
Radford loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first, but McCormick worked out of the jam and kept the Highlanders off the board by inducing an infield pop up, a lineout and a groundout.
A leadoff walk to Roland set the table for a four-run, two-out rally in the second inning. After Dustin Breshears drew a one-out walk, Blankmeyer was plunked with two outs to load the bases. Kelly then ripped a two-run double inside the third base bag before Schwindel lined a two-run single through the left side to give the Red Storm a 5-0 lead.
Radford took advantage of a leadoff walk to get on the board in the third on a Shane Johnsonbaugh sacrifice fly to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
The Red Storm used the long ball to get the run back in the fifth as O'Hare gave St. John's a 6-1 lead with an opposite field solo blast to left.
McCormick settled into a groove after retiring the final three batters in the third inning. The righty picked up his first strikeout in a 1-2-3 fourth and added another strikeout in a 1-2-3 fifth frame that ended with a diving catch by Kelly in center.
St. John's then strung together five-consecutive two-out hits to plate three runs in the sixth and take a 9-1 lead. Kelly started things with a hustle double into left center before Schwindel reached on an infield single to set up runners on the corners. After O'Hare lined an RBI single into right field, Lombardo lined a two-run single into left field.
McCormick took the mound in the sixth having retired nine-straight, but a leadoff double from Zach Woolcock was followed by a Nygeal Andrews pinch hit single before a hit batsman loaded the bases and sent St. John's to the bullpen. Alex Katz entered and struck out the first batter he faced, but an errant throw behind the runner at first allowed a run to score. A walk reloaded the bases and St. John's went back to the bullpen and brought in Joey Christopher. Gardiner then beat out a potential double play for an RBI fielder's choice before Josh Reavis followed with an RBI infield single, but a throwing error allowed another run to score and made it 9-5.
A one-out walk to Talbut set the table in the seventh as the Red Storm added a run. Blankmeyer followed with a single into left before Schwindel walked to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed a run to score and St. John's extended the lead back to five, 10-5.
Radford took advantage of a leadoff walk to get the run back and make it a 10-6 game. A groundout gave the Highlanders a runner at second before Hunter Higgerson lined an RBI single into center field.
St. John's answered with a pair of runs in the eighth to go up by a 12-6 margin. Roland led off with a single before Breshears doubled to the wall in left center with one out to set up runners on second and third. An intentional walk to Talbut loaded the bases before Blankmeyer and Kelly followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
Radford once again had an answer as an error to lead off the inning was followed by a two-run home run as the Highlanders made it 12-8.
The Highlanders threatened again in the bottom of the ninth as a hit batsman and an error set up runners on the corners. After a sacrifice fly made it 12-9, another hit batsman sent St. John's to the bullpen and Joey Graziano retired the final two batters to secure the victory and notch the save.
St. John's returns to action at 3 p.m. on March 12, hosting Hofstra at Kaiser Stadium in the home-opener.