March 16, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - After tying the game in the sixth with a sacrifice fly, Bret Dennis added what proved to be the game-winning RBI single in the eighth as St. John's defeated Holy Cross, 4-3, to win its fifth-straight game and complete a series sweep. Dennis finished 1-for-3 with two RBI for St. John's (8-10), while Michael Donadio and Jarred Mederos added an RBI apiece. Chris Kalica (2-1) earned the win with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Jack St. Clair finished 3-for-4 with two RBI to pace Holy Cross (3-12), while starter Nate Walker allowed two runs in 5.0 innings for a no-decision.
A leadoff single from Evan Ocello got things started for Holy Cross in the first as the Crusaders took the early 1-0 lead. Ocello then stole second before scoring on a St. Clair RBI single into right field.
St. John's answered immediately with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Alex Caruso led off with a single into left field before Robert Wayman walked and Matt Harris loaded the bases with a bloop single into left. Donadio then walked to force in a run before Mederos gave the Red Storm a 2-1 lead with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.
The Red Storm maintained the lead until the fifth inning when Holy Cross retook the lead and chased starter Joey Graziano with a two-run frame. After a Brandon Cipolla one-out double, St. Clair tied the game with an RBI double and St. John's went to the bullpen. Charlie Ameer retired the first batter he faced before loading the bases with consecutive walks. A third-straight walk gave Holy Cross a 4-3 lead and Kalica came on to get an inning-ending strikeout.
St. John's took advantage of an error to tie the game with a run in the sixth against the Holy Cross bullpen. After the first batter had been retired, Donadio reached on error before Mederos reached on an infield single. Joe Burns then walked to load the bases with one out before Dennis lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to tie the game at 3-3.
Kalica worked a 1-2-3 seventh before Holy Cross threatened in the eighth, but was kept off the board on a play at the plate. A one-out walk started things for the Crusaders before Bobby Indeglia doubled to left center. Pinch runner Tyson Youngs was sent home on the play, but a relay throw from Mederos was in time and Tyler Sanchez applied the tag to keep the game tied.
St. John's then manufactured a run in the eight to take the lead for good. Donadio led off with a walk before moving to second on a Mederos sacrifice bunt. A Burns single through the left side set up runners on the corners with one out before Dennis grounded an RBI single through the left side to give the Red Storm a 4-3 lead.
Thomas Hackimer came on and worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.
St. John's continues its 10-game homestand on March 18 with a 3 p.m. game against Fairfield.