Six-RBI Day For Dixon Leads St. John’s To 16-7 Win Against La Salle|
March 25, 2016
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. - Troy Dixon racked up a career-high six RBI as St. John’s used a five-run first and a six-run fifth to defeat La Salle, 16-7. Dixon finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple on his way to registering the first six-RBI performance by a Red Storm player since April 24, 2013 (Zach Lauricella).
Gui Gingras finished 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI to help lead St. John’s (9-9-1). Jamie Galazin scored four runs, while Alex Caruso and Jesse Berardi scored three runs apiece. Joe Napolitano (2-1) allowed two runs, zero earned, in 3.2 innings of relief for the victory. Joey Ravert was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI for La Salle (7-15), while Drew Jarmuz also had two RBI. Ravert (2-2) started and surrendered eight runs, seven earned, to take the loss.
La Salle used the long ball to grab an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. After Jared Melone set the table with a one-out single, Ravert put the Explorers on the board with a two-run blast.
St. John’s promptly loaded the bases with no outs and used a three-run blast to cap a five-run frame in the bottom of the first. Caruso took a pitch in the back and Galazin worked a walk before Robbie Knightes reached on a bunt single to load the bases. The Red Storm then manufactured a pair of runs as Dixon and Josh Shaw tied the game with back-to-back RBI groundouts. Berardi extended the inning with a two-out walk before Gingras made it 5-2 with a three-run home run.
The Red Storm benefitted from a pair of walks to add a pair of runs in the second. Caruso and Galazin drew consecutive one-out walks before a groundout set up runners on second and third. Dixon followed with a two-run triple as St. John’s took a 7-2 lead.
La Salle answered with a pair of two-out runs in the third. Rayvert started things with a one-out walk before Ethan Springston followed with a single. Chase Arnold then reached on a fielder’s choice as St. John’s retired the lead runner at third, but a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. Jarmuz added a two-run single and the Explorers trailed 7-4.
The Explorers took advantage of an error to plate two unearned runs in the fourth against the St. John’s bullpen. Napolitano entered and Collin McGowan reached on an error to lead off the inning before Travis George singled with one out. Kevin McGowan followed with an RBI double and Melone made it a 7-6 ballgame with a sacrifice fly.
A pair of errors led to an unearned run in the bottom of the frame as St. John’s went up 8-6. Galazin reached on an error with one out and later scored as Dixon reached on a two-out error.
St. John’s broke open the game with six runs in the fifth, an inning highlighted by another three-run homer. Berardi was plunked to start the inning before Michael Donadio grounded a double inside the first base bag to set up runners on second and third. After a John Valente RBI infield single, Caruso roped an RBI double and Galazin added an RBI fielder’s choice. Dixon then launched a three-run home run as the Red Storm took a 14-6 lead.
A leadoff walk to Berardi set up a run in the sixth as St. John’s extended its lead to 15-6. Berardi stole second and took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Donadio RBI fielder’s choice.
The Red Storm tacked on one more run in the seventh after Anthony Fava set the table with a two-out, pinch-hit double. An error gave St. John’s runners on the corners before Berardi made it 16-6 with an RBI single.
La Salle made it 16-7 in the ninth as Brian Tagoe belted a solo home run for the final margin.
St. John’s concludes its series against La Salle on March 26 with a noon doubleheader at Kaiser Stadium.