March 14, 2006
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Red Storm offense hit four home runs, three triples and three doubles and set a new season-high with 17 runs, as St. John's handled Albany, 17-1, in the team's 2006 home opener on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman Jared Yecker allowed just three hits over 7.0 innings to record his second consecutive win, and 12 players either scored a run or had an RBI as the Red Storm won its second straight game.
Yecker has given up just one run in each of his two career starts, going a career-high 7.0 innings and striking out three batters against Albany. In his previous start, Yecker worked 5.0 strong innings in beating Charleston Southern on Tuesday, March 7. Freshmen Justin Gutsie and Rich Armento and sophomore James Lally shut out the Great Danes over the final 2.0 innings to seal the win.
Ryan Mahoney drove in five runs with two towering home runs, while Gil Zayas and Chris Joachim also added home runs. Will Vogl doubled and tripled for his 12th and 13th extra-base hits of the season, and Sam DeLuca came within a home run of hitting for the cycle in a 3-for-5 day. Bryan Dirr had two hits and two RBI, and Ken Devenney hit his first career triple in the 16-hit outburst.
Zayas gave St. John's its first lead in the bottom of the second inning, hitting his second home run of the season to left-center field. Zayas, the team leader with 14 RBI and five multi-RBI games, later doubled and went on to score a team-high three runs.
The Red Storm added runs in the fifth and sixth innings and took a 4-0 lead, before Albany broke through with a run in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 4-1. St. John's swiftly put an end to any thoughts of a comeback with an eight-run seventh inning that featured six extra-base hits. Mahoney hit the first of his two home runs, a two-run shot, and DeLuca and Devenney each hit triples and scored runs.
Already up 12-1, the St. John's offense needed just two hits to tack on another five runs in the eighth. Mahoney's hit a huge home run down the right field line, and Joachim hit a three-run homer to dead center field that extended his season-opening hit streak to 12 games.
St. John's stays at home through the weekend, when it hosts a three-game series against Quinnipiac. The teams play a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon and a Sunday series finale that is also scheduled for a noon start in the last non-conference weekend of the season.