March 13, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Frank Schwindel finished 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and six players recorded multi-hit games as St. John's won its 11th-straight home-opener with a 12-2 triumph against FDU. Sean O'Hare went 2-for-5 with three RBI to help lead St. John's (4-11), while Ty Blankmeyer, Kyle Lombardo, Zach Lauricella and Jamal Clarke added two hits each. Ryan Horstman (2-2) had three strikeouts in 1.1 innings of relief to earn the win. Ryan MacDonald went 2-for-2 with two walks to pace FDU (2-6) and Logan Frati (0-1) took the loss after allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings.
FDU got on the board first with a run in the second inning after Eric Anderson set the table with a leadoff walk and Shane Siebler followed with a double to set up runners on second and third and no outs. Dylan Sprague then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field and the Knights took a 1-0 lead.
St. John's answered immediately and took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Schwindel doubled off the wall in left center to lead off the inning before taking third on a groundout. Danny Bethea followed with an RBI single up the middle and Lauricella lined a two-out RBI single into left field to give the Red Storm a 2-1 lead.
FDU threatened and chased starter Mike Sheppard III in the third inning. A leadoff single by MacDonald and a two-out Kyle Weeks single gave the Knights runners on first and second with two outs, but Horstman entered and shut the door with an inning-ending strikeout.
A leadoff walk to Pat Talbut opened up a three-run third as the Red Storm grabbed a 5-1 advantage. After Blankmeyer singled through the left side, Schwindel lined an RBI double into right field. O'Hare followed with an RBI single up the middle before Bethea lifted a sacrifice fly into centerfield.
St. John's plated three more runs in the fourth to extend the lead to 8-1. Lauricella doubled to lead off the inning before an Alex Caruso single gave the Red Storm runners on the corners. A balk forced Lauricella home and moved Caruso to second before a Talbut sacrifice bunt pushed Caruso to third with one out. Blankmeyer then chased Frati with an RBI single through the left side and Schwindel added a two-out RBI single.
The Red Storm added two more runs in the sixth after Jamal Clarke got things started with a one-out infield single. Schwindel followed with a single into left before O'Hare ripped a two-run double into the gap in right center to make it a 10-1 ballgame.
St. John's added a run to go up 11-1 in the seventh after Lombardo tripled to lead off the inning before scoring on a Robert Case RBI groundout.
St. John's used back-to-back doubles to add a run in the eighth. Dustin Breshears led off the inning and doubled to left before Clarke followed with an RBI double to left that made it a 12-1 score.
The Knights added a run on an Anderson RBI single in the ninth for the final 12-2 margin.
St. John's returns to action at 1 p.m. on March 16 for a doubleheader against Holy Cross.