March 21, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Six players registered multi-hit games, nine players finished with at least one RBI and 10 players had at least one hit as St. John's used a season-high 21-hit attack to push its winning-streak to eight games with a 15-4 triumph against James Madison. Zach Lauricella finished a single shy of the cycle and went 3-for-3 with three RBI and four runs scored to help lead St. John's (11-10) to its highest hit total since a 23-hit performance at Cincinnati on April 20, 2012.
Alex Caruso was 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, Matt Harris finished 3-for-6 with three RBI and Jarred Mederos went 3-for-5 with an RBI. James Lomangino (2-3) allowed two runs, zero earned, in 7.0 innings of work to record his second win in as many starts. Bobby San Martin went 2-for-4 with one RBI to pace James Madison (8-12), while starter Aaron Hoover (0-3) took the loss after allowing five runs in 3.1 innings.
After Lomangino worked a quick 1-2-3 top of the first, St. John's manufactured a run to grab a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Caruso led off with a single into right center before moving to second on a Bret Dennis sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch moved Caruso to third before Robert Wayman followed with an RBI groundout.
James Madison, however, took advantage of a two-out error in the second to tie the score. Josh Wyatt reached on an error with one out, but was picked off after Tyler Gregory singled into left. San Martin then lifted a two-out fly ball to the warning track in left, but it was dropped and Gregory scored from first to tie the game at 1-1.
St. John's answered right back and took the lead for good with a two-run second. Robbie Knightes started things with a one-out single into center before Lauricella lifted an RBI double to the wall in right center. A Tyler Sanchez single moved Lauricella to third and Caruso gave St. John's a 3-1 lead with a bunt single.
Lomangino, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth before the Red Storm added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Lauricella led off with a walk before Caruso singled with one out to chase Hoover from the ballgame. Dennis greeted reliever Patrick Toohers with an RBI single and Wayman followed with a second-straight RBI single as the Red Storm grabbed a 5-1 lead.
The Red Storm added to its lead with two more runs in the fifth inning. Mederos was plunked and advanced to second on a groundout before Lauricella blasted an RBI triple to the wall in right center. Sanchez made it 7-1 with an RBI single through the left side of the infield as JMU went back to the bullpen and reliever Michael Evans got out of the inning.
The Dukes plated another unearned run in the sixth as Ty McFarland reached on an error with two outs and later scored on a Matt Tenaglia RBI single that made it a 7-2 ballgame.
St. John's then opened up the game and sent 12 men to the plate as part of a six-run seventh inning. Lauricella set the tone with a leadoff home run to right center. Caruso then singled with one out and Dennis was plunked before a walk to Wayman loaded the bases. Harris followed with a two-run single into center before Michael Donadio lined an RBI single into left field. Mederos then singled into left, but reached second on an error as Harris scored. Ty Blankmeyer added a pinch-hit RBI single into center to give the Red Storm a 13-2 advantage.
The first three batters reached base in the eighth as the Red Storm tacked on two more runs. Dennis was plunked to lead things off before Wayman singled into right center. Harris followed with an RBI single up the middle and Mederos made it 15-2 with a one-out RBI single to left.
James Madison plated a pair of two-out runs in the ninth for the final 15-4 margin.
St. John's continues its series against James Madison on March 22 with a 1 p.m. game that will be carried live on ESPN3.