March 16, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Matt Carasiti allowed just one run in a career-high 6.2 innings of work and three players had multi-hit efforts as St. John's defeated Albany, 8-3, to win its third-straight game. Robert Case was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Zach Lauricella finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Sean O'Hare went 2-for-3 to pace St. John's (7-9). Carasiti (1-2) also racked up a career-high seven strikeouts, while walking none and scattering six singles. Pete DiResta was 4-for-5 to pace Albany (4-9), while Zach Kraham (1-3) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, in 6.0 innings.
Carasiti worked a quick 1-2-3 second inning and St. John's plated three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the frame. Back-to-back one-out singles by Lauricella and O'Hare set up runners on first and second before a Case RBI single put the Red Storm on the board. A wild pitch moved O'Hare to third and Case to second before another wild pitch brought home O'Hare and pushed Case to third. Danny Bethea then reached on an error and Case scored to give the Red Storm a 3-0 lead.
Albany opened the fourth with back-to-back singles to plate a run in the fourth. Following a sacrifice bunt, D.J. Hoagboon put the Great Danes on the board with an RBI groundout before Carasiti escaped with a strikeout.
St. John's used a two-out rally to add a pair of runs in the fifth and take a 5-1 lead. Case led off the inning with a single and stole second with one out before tagging up and moving to third on a fly out to right field. Martin Kelly then lined a two-out RBI single into right field before Matt Wessinger added a single to left field. Jeremy Baltz followed with a third-straight two-out single, an RBI base hit into left field that made it a 5-1 game.
Carasiti, meanwhile, retired seven-straight batters before a one-out single in the sixth and retired the final four batters he faced before being lifted with two outs in the seventh.
A Jimmy Brennan leadoff single in the seventh set the table for two more runs. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt and taking third on a groundout, Brennan scored on a wild pitch. Baltz was then plunked and stole both second and third base before a Lauricella RBI single made it a 7-1 game.
After the Red Storm tacked on an unearned run in the eighth, Albany plated a pair of runs in the ninth for the 8-3 margin.
St. John's returns to action on March 17, hosting Albany at noon.