Red Storm Blanks Fairfield, 11-0|
March 18, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's did not allow a hit over the final seven innings and completed a season sweep of Fairfield with an 11-0 win. Matt Tosoni (2-0) worked 6.0 scoreless innings, Chris Anninos was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Brian Kemp was 3-for-4 with three stolen bases to lead the Red Storm (13-4). Fairfield, meanwhile, drops to 2-12 on the season.
St. John's got right to work as Kemp opened the game with a lead off single through the right side and promptly stole second base. The Red Storm went up 1-0 after Carlos Del Rosario plated Kemp with a single up the middle. Anninos followed with a single of his own and a wild pitch gave St. John's runners on second and third with no out. After Paul Karmas reached on a catcher's interference call, Greg Hopkins brought in Del Rosario with an RBI groundout. An RBI groundout by Gil Zayas put the Red Storm up 3-0 after the top of the first.
The Stags could not capitalize on a one-out double by Matt Tiagwad in the first and when Jason Rago led off the second with a single, he was picked off by Tosoni. The Stags would put two more runners on base in the second via walks, but could not get on the board.
Anninos opened the third inning with a bunt single towards third base and Karmas reached first on an error by the shortstop. Hopkins then advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt to give St. John's men on second and third with one out. After a Zayas walk loaded the bases, Tim Morris continued his torrid pace with a two RBI double down the right field line to put the Red Storm up 5-0.
Tosoni then found his groove and retired the Stags in order in each of the next three innings.
With one out in the sixth, Gino Matias was hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Matias moved to third on Kemp's third single of the game. Kemp then stole second for the third time and Matias ran home on the throw. The throw down to second went into the outfield and Kemp came around to score as well. Del Rosario continued the inning with a single and stole second before scoring on an Anninos RBI single.
Tosoni would eventually retire 12 consecutive Stags before allowing a two-out walk in the sixth.
In the seventh, Hopkins led off the inning by driving a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall and off of the scoreboard for his first career home run.
With a 9-0 lead, Tosoni was lifted and Miguel Valcarcel came in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh. Valcarcel struck out the first two batters he faced en route to retiring the side in order.
The eighth inning saw the Red Storm score two more runs and go up 11-0 on the Stags. Scott Ferrara opened the frame with an infield single and Del Rosario doubled to deep left center pushing Ferrara to third. Michael Aicardi followed with a grounder towards short that plated Ferrara, but an errant throw allowed Aicardi to reach second and Del Rosario to score.
After a lead off walk in the bottom of the eighth, Valcarcel set the next three Stags down in order. Rich Armento pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and added two strikeouts to finish the game.
Notes: Kemp extended his hitting streak to 14 games ... Matias extended his hitting streak to nine games ...Anninos tied a career-high with four hits ... as a starter this season, Tosoni has not allowed a run in 15.0 innings.