March 25, 2014
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Freshmen Michael Donadio and Robbie Knightes combined to go 4-for-6 with two doubles, two triples, three RBI, three walks and five runs scored as St. John's defeated Hofstra, 12-4, to push its winning-streak to 11 games. Donadio finished 2-for-2 with two triples, one RBI, two walks and four runs scored, while Knightes was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, one walk and one run to help lead St. John's (14-10). Jarred Mederos went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, and Zach Lauricella was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Chris Kalica (4-1) struck out five and allowed three runs in 5.2 innings of work to earn the win. Michael Friel finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to pace Hofstra (7-9), while starter Graham Tebbit took the loss after allowing two runs, zero earned, in 3.2 innings of work.
Hofstra loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but Kalica limited the damage to just one run. After a four-pitch walk to Eric Ferguson led off the inning, Brad Witkowski singled into left before Matt Ford loaded the bases with a bunt single. The Pride then went up 1-0 as Ferguson scored from third on a 4-6-3 double play.
The Red Storm, however, was able to take advantage of a two-out error to take a lead with a two-run fourth. After Tebbit quickly retired the first two batters, Lauricella reached on an error to extend the inning and Donadio laced an RBI triple to the wall in right center to tie the game. Tyler Sanchez then walked before Donadio scored on a wild pitch to give the Red Storm a 2-1 lead. A walk to Knightes chased Tebbit before Alex Caruso walked to load the bases, but reliever Alec Eisenberg got a strikeout as St. John's left the bases loaded.
Kalica, meanwhile, retired five-straight before allowing a leadoff single in the fourth, but a caught stealing and a pair of groundouts quickly ended the inning.
St. John's then used a one-out rally to add four runs in the fifth. After Matt Harris singled with one out, Mederos lined a single into center field and Lauricella followed with an RBI single into right field. An errant pickoff attempt at second base advanced the runners before Donadio was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. After a walk to Sanchez forced in a run, Hofstra went to the bullpen and Knightes made it 6-1 by greeting Chris Harkey with a two-run double into left field.
Kalica struck out the side as part of a 1-2-3 fifth frame, but was chased with two outs in the sixth as part of a two-run inning for the Pride. Kenny Jackson doubled with two outs to start the rally before Robbie Cafiero walked and a David Leiderman RBI single sent St. John's to the bullpen. Alex Katz entered the ballgame and the Pride pulled off a double steal before a Friel RBI single pulled Hofstra to within 6-3.
St. John's got a run right back as Donadio led off the seventh with his second triple of the game before scoring on a wild pitch to make it a 7-3 ballgame.
Hofstra then loaded the bases with one out as part of a one-run eighth. Katz retired the leadoff batter, but was lifted after issuing back-to-back walks. Thomas Hackimer entered and plunked the first batter he faced to load the bases before Jackson made it 7-4 with an RBI groundout.
The Red Storm, however, opened up with the game with a five-run ninth. Mederos singled into left to start things before Lauricella reached on a bunt single. Donadio then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached first on a throwing error as Mederos scored and Lauricella advanced to third. After Sanchez walked to load the bases, Bret Dennis forced in a run with a two-out walk before Robert Wayman cleared the bases with a three-run double as St. John's went up 12-4.
St. John's returns to action at Kaiser Stadium on March 29 with a noon doubleheader to open a three-game set against Sacred Heart.