Bats Continue To Heat Up As St. John's Sweeps Doubleheader With Holy Cross|
March 17, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Zach Lauricella went 5-for-8 with six RBI and Frank Schwindel had a 6-for-9 day at the plate as St. John's notched a pair of wins against Holy Cross on Sunday. After resuming Saturday's halted game and recording an 8-3 win, St. John's (6-11) added a 12-8 victory against Holy Cross (2-13) to complete a sweep of the abbreviated two-game series.
Ryan Horstman (3-2) had six strikeouts in 5.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in the first game, while Lauricella finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and Schwindel was 3-for-5 with one RBI. Sean O'Hare and Danny Bethea each finished 3-for-4 with one RBI for the Red Storm. Donny Murray (1-2) allowed six runs, five earned, in 4.2 innings of relief to take the game one loss.
Lauricella finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI to lead the offense in game two, while Schwindel added an RBI as part of a 3-for-4 performance. Pat Talbut and Dustin Breshears added two RBI apiece, while Ryan McCormick (2-2) allowed one run in 3.2 innings of work to earn the win. Evan Ocello, Jordan Enos and Nick Lovullo had two RBI apiece to pace the Crusaders, while John Colella (0-3) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, in 3.2 innings of relief.
Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one as Ocello set the table with a leadoff single. Ocello stole second and reached third on an errant pickoff throw before scoring on a Patrick Puentes sacrifice fly. James Lomangino struck out the final two batters to end the inning.
Lomangino added two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 second inning before the Red Storm plated two runs in the bottom of the frame. Schwindel led off with a double before O'Hare lined an RBI single into center field to tie the game. After Bethea followed with a single up the middle, a double steal set up runners on second and third before Kyle Lombardo walked to load the bases. Breshears followed with a walk that put St. John's up 2-1, but Tom Marra escaped further damage.
Holy Cross used the long ball to retake the lead in the third. After Connor Perry singled up the middle to lead off the inning, Puentes lifted a two-out, two-run home run to right field to put the Crusaders up 3-2.
St. John's threatened in the bottom of the third with back-to-back one-out singles, but Marra worked out of the jam and the umpires cleared the field and halted the game because of snow after a 30-minute delay.
Horstman took the mound when the game resumed and had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fourth inning. After the Crusaders led off the fifth with a single, Horstman retired the next three batters.
The Red Storm retook the lead with a three-run fifth. Martin Kelly reached on an error to open the frame and stole second before advancing to third on a passed ball. O'Hare and Bethea followed with back-to-back RBI doubles before Lauricella roped an RBI triple off the wall in right field to make it a 5-3 ballgame.
Horstman had two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 sixth inning and another strikeout in a 1-2-3 seventh frame before adding a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
St. John's then put together a two-out rally to tack on three more runs in the eighth. After Bret Dennis singled up the middle with one out, a groundout gave St. John's a runner on third with two outs. Schwindel then grounded an RBI single through the left side before O'Hare and Bethea were both plunked to load the bases. Lauricella then lined a two-run single into center field to put the Red Storm up 8-3.
After retiring 12-straight batters, Horstman issued a leadoff walk in the ninth and was lifted after getting an infield popup. Joey Graziano took the mound and induced a game-ending double play.
The Crusaders took the early lead again in game two with a run in he second as a leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt set the table for a Lovullo RBI single
The first three batters reached base in the bottom of the frame as St. John's answered with a pair of runs. Bethea led things off with a single and scored from first on a Lauricella RBI double into the gap in right center. Robert Case then walked before a wild pitch gave the Red Storm runners on second and third and Breshears lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to give St. John's a 2-1 lead.
After Holy Cross tied the game at 2-2 on a Stephen Wadsworth two-out RBI single in the third, St. John's plated three runs in the bottom of the inning. Schwindel singled into right center with one out before O'Hare reached on an error and Bethea walked to load the bases. Lauricella then lined a two-run double into left center, while a misplay in the outfield allowed a third run to score and gave the Red Storm a 5-2 advantage.
The Crusaders made it 5-3 in the top of the fourth on an Ocello RBI single, but St. John's took advantage of a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning and answered with two runs. After drawing a leadoff walk, Talbut stole second before Kelly walked and Holy Cross went to the bullpen. Schwindel greeted Colella with an RBI single through the right side, but was thrown out at second as Kelly took third. O'Hare followed with an RBI single and the Red Storm led 7-3.
Holy Cross, however, chased starter Sean Hagan as part of a four-run fifth inning. Wadsworth doubled to open the frame before Puentes was plunked and Enos followed with an RBI single. After Lovullo added an RBI single, St. John's went to the bullpen and McCormick walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. Ocello then plated a run with an RBI fielder's choice, but an error on the play allowed another run to score and the Crusaders leveled the score at 7-7.
St. John's took the lead for good with a run in the sixth on a two-out RBI single from Bethea that made it an 8-7 ballgame.
The Red Storm added another run in the seventh as Case reached on an error to leadoff the inning. Breshears then laid down a bunt single and pinch runner Ty Blankmeyer advanced to third on a throwing error before Talbut made it 9-7 with sacrifice fly.
The Crusaders threatened by loading the bases with two outs in the eighth and St. John's went to the bullpen. Thomas Hackimer entered and plunked the first batter he faced to force in a run as Holy Cross pulled to within 9-8. Hackimer then induced a slow roller on a swinging bunt and flipped home for the inning-ending forceout at the plate.
St. John's used three-consecutive two-out RBI singles to add three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. After O'Hare walked with one out and stole second, Lauricella walked before pinch hitter Alex Caruso grounded an RBI single up the middle. Breshears followed with an RBI single into left field before Talbut added an RBI single through the left side to put the Red Storm up 12-8.
Hackimer worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the season.
St. John's returns to action on March 19 with a 3 p.m. game against Fairfield at Kaiser Stadium.