Four Multi-RBI Efforts Lead St. John’s Past Fairfield, 11-7|
March 16, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Four players registered multi-RBI games and all nine starters had at least one hit as St. John’s overcame an early deficit to defeat Fairfield, 11-7, and win its 14th-straight home-opener. Alex Caruso and Jesse Berardi each finished 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John’s (7-7-1). Gui Gingras was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, and Mark Venice was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Turner French (1-0) had two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Brendan Tracy and Tom Ryan had two RBI apiece for Fairfield (4-8). Jake Binder (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in 1.0 inning of relief.
Fairfield jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but St. John’s answered with four two-out runs in the second. John Valente led off the inning with a bunt single before Jamie Galazin lined a one-out single into center field. After Venice put the Red Storm on the board with a two-out RBI single, Berardi tied the game with a two-run triple to the wall in left center. Caruso then made it a 4-3 ballgame with an RBI bunt single.
The Red Storm used the long ball to extend its lead to 5-3 in the third as Gingras led off the inning with a solo blast into the visitor’s bullpen in right field.
Fairfield took advantage of an error to plate an unearned run in the fourth before retaking the lead with three runs in the fifth. Back-to-back one-out walks set the table in the fifth before Drew Arciuolo tied the game with an RBI single. Ryan later added a two-out, two-run double as the Stags took a 7-5 lead.
St. John’s responded in the bottom of the fifth, opening a four-run frame with five-consecutive hits. Galazin and Michael Donadio opened the inning with back-to-back one-out singles before Venice lined an RBI single into right center. Berardi then tied the game with an RBI double to left center. Following a pitching change, Caruso gave the Red Storm a 9-7 lead with a two-run single up the middle.
The Stags threatened in the seventh, but stranded a pair. A leadoff walk and a single started things for Fairfield and forced a pitching change. Joe Napolitano came on and St. John’s retired the lead runner on a fielder’s choice. A groundout advanced the runners to second and third with two outs, but Napolitano induced an inning-ending popup.
The Red Storm added a pair of two out runs in the bottom of the seventh for the final margin. Josh Shaw was plunked with two outs before a Troy Dixon single left the Red Storm with runners on the corners. Robbie Knightes followed with a pinch-hit RBI single and Gingras made it an 11-7 ballgame with an RBI single.
Napolitano worked a 1-2-3 eighth before Thomas Hackimer entered and tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.
St. John’s returns to action on March 18, opening a three-game series at Nevada with a 7 p.m. (ET) game.