March 18, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Kyle Hansen worked 7.0 scoreless innings and Sean O'Hare had three RBI to lead a quartet of players that had multi-RBI efforts as St. John's won its fifth-straight game with a 13-4 win against Holy Cross. O'Hare finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Martin Kelly, Zach Lauricella and Frank Schwindel had two RBI apiece to lead St. John's (9-9). Hansen (1-4) totaled seven strikeouts and scattered six singles to earn the win. Alex Maldonado and Patrick Puentes each had two hits to pace Holy Cross (6-7), while Nate Koneski (1-1) took the loss after allowing nine runs, four earned, in 4.0 innings of work.
St. John's took the early lead, putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the second inning. O'Hare singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball before scoring on a Danny Bethea RBI single up the middle. After a Schwindel single set up runners on the corners, Kelly roped a two-run triple to the gap in left center and Pat Talbut followed with a sacrifice fly and the Red Storm led 4-0.
The Red Storm used three two-out hits to plate five runs in the fourth and go up 9-0. Schwindel reached on an error to lead off the inning and a Talbut sacrifice bunt gave St. John's a runner on second with two outs. After Matt Wessinger followed with an infield single and Jeremy Baltz walked to load the bases, Lauricella blooped a two-run single into right field. O'Hare then stepped in and launched a three-run home run to left center and St. John's led 9-0.
After Hansen retired the final three batters he faced, including two strikeouts in the seventh, Holy Cross got on the board with four runs in the eighth against four St. John's pitchers. A walk, an infield single and a walk loaded the bases before a hit batsman forced in a run. A wild pitch then allowed a run to score before a dropped fly ball chased home two more runs as Holy Cross made it a 9-4 game.
St. John's got the runs right back, however, tacking on four runs in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 13-4 game. Kyle Lombardo and O'Hare were both plunked with one out before Eric Peterson reached on an infield single to load the bases. After Anthony Iacomini drew a walk to force in a run, Schwindel grounded a two-run single through the left side of the infield. A Kyle Richardson single reloaded the bases and a walk to Wessinger forced in a run and gave the Red Storm a 13-4 advantage.
James Lomangino came on in the ninth and allowed a leadoff single, but induced a fly out and game-ending double play.
St. John's returns to action on March 20, hosting NYIT for a 3:30 p.m. game.