Two-Out Offense Propels St. John’s To 10-3 Win Against Nevada|
March 20, 2016
RENO, Nev. - St. John’s plated seven two-out runs, including six in the final two frames, and secured a 10-3 victory against Nevada in the series-finale. Jesse Berardi finished 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI to lead St. John’s (8-9-1). Josh Shaw went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Jamie Galazin had an RBI triple as part of a 3-for-5 day. Thomas Hackimer (3-0) had four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of one-run relief to earn the win. Cole Krzmarzick went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Nevada (7-12), while Trenton Brooks (0-3) took the loss after surrendering four runs in 5.0 innings.
For the second time in as many games, St. John’s grabbed the early lead with a run in the first. Alex Caruso worked a leadoff walk before a Galazin single quickly gave the Red Storm runners on the corners with no outs. Troy Dixon then made it a 1-0 ballgame with a one-out RBI double into the left field corner.
Nevada countered with a two-out run in the third to tie the game at 1-1. Justin Hazard set the table with a leadoff single and took second on a sacrifice bunt. TJ Friedl followed with a game-tying two-out RBI single.
Brooks, meanwhile, retired 10-straight batters before a two-out walk to Berardi in the fourth helped St. John’s retake the lead. After Berardi stole second, Gavin Garay gave the Red Storm a 2-1 advantage with an RBI single into left field.
The Wolf Pack tied the game again with another two-out run in the fourth. Brooks led off with a single, but was erased as Jordan Pearce reached on a fielder’s choice. After a balk moved Pearce to second, a two-out RBI single by Krzmarzick tied the game at 2-2.
St. John’s answered immediately and retook the lead with two runs in the fifth. After Caruso worked a one-out walk, Galazin promptly followed with an RBI triple to the wall in right field. Robbie Knightes added an RBI groundout and the Red Storm led 4-2.
Nevada chased starter Ryan McAuliffe (4.2 IP, 2R, 2ER) and loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but was kept off the board. Keaton Smith opened the inning with a single and took second on a Miles Mastrobuoni sacrifice bunt. A stolen base and a hit batsman set up runners on the corners with two outs and St. John’s went to the bullpen. Hackimer walked his first batter to load the bases, but induced an inning-ending groundout to keep the Wolf Pack off the board.
The Red Storm rallied with two outs and used the long ball to extend its lead with a two-run eighth. Following two quick outs, Shaw singled before Berardi made it a 6-2 game with a two-run blast to left center.
The Wolf Pack, however, plated a run with a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth. Hackimer quickly set down the first two batters before Grant Fennell worked a two-out walk. Krzmarzick followed with an RBI double to left field and Nevada trailed 6-3.
Another two-out rally helped St. John’s break open the game with four runs in the ninth. After Galazin started things with a two-out single, Knightes singled before Dixon worked a walk to load the bases. Shaw followed with a two-run single before Berardi added a two-run double as St. John’s opened up a 10-3 lead.
St. John’s returns to action on March 22 with a 3 p.m. road game at Marist.