Joey Christopher had four strikeouts and allowed one run in 3.0 innings of work in his first-career start.
March 11, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Trailing 2-0 after the top of the fourth, St. John's put up five runs in the bottom of the fourth and went on to score a total of seven unanswered runs to defeat Iona, 7-2, and notch its 12th-straight home-opening victory. Robbie Knightes went 3-for-4 with one RBI and Troy Dixon finished 1-for-2 with two RBI and two walks to lead St. John's (4-10). Matt Harris added two RBI, and both Zach Lauricella and Jarred Mederos finished 2-for-5. Shawn Heide (1-0) allowed one run in 3.0 innings of work to earn the win in relief of Joey Christopher, who had four strikeouts and allowed one run in 3.0 innings in his first-career start. Nick Hogan went 1-for-3 with an RBI double for Iona (1-5), while starter Max Bruckner (1-1) allowed five runs, two earned, in the losing effort.
A one-out single set the table for Iona in the first as Hogan followed with an RBI double to give the Gaels an early 1-0 lead.
St. John's loaded the bases with two outs in the second, but Bruckner got out of the jam as Dixon grounded out to second base.
The Gaels added a run in the fourth after Zach Brown greeted Heide with a leadoff triple to get things started. Alex Beckett followed with an RBI groundout and Iona led 2-0.
St. John's chased Bruckner and took the lead for good with a five-run fourth frame. Mederos started things with a one-out single and stole second before Michael Donadio reached on an error to setup runners on the corners with one out. Knightes followed with an RBI single before Sanchez was plunked to load the bases. Dixon then stepped to the plate with the bases loaded for the second time and lofted a two-run single into left field to give the Red Storm a 3-2 lead. Lauricella reloaded the bases with an infield single and Iona went to the bullpen. Kenny Dietrich entered and Robert Wayman walked to force in a run before Harris took a pitch in the back to force in another run and give St. John's a 5-2 lead.
After Heide worked a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, St. John's tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning. Wayman lined a one-out single into right field before stealing second and advancing to third on an errant throw from the catcher. Harris then lined a sharp RBI single into right field to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Following a scoreless seventh from reliever Anthony Rosati, St. John's added a run in the bottom of the inning after Donadio and Knightes drew back-to-back walks to open the frame. Tyler Sanchez then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on error as Donadio scored and Knightes took third. Dixon then walked to load the bases with no outs, but Iona stranded all three runners to escape further damage.
Reliever Charlie Ameer worked a scoreless eighth and set down the first two batters in ninth before Thomas Hackimer retired the first batter he faced to end the game.
St. John's continues its season-long 10-game homestand with a 3 p.m. game against FDU on March 12.