St. John's Sweeps Doubleheader Against La Salle|
March 26, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Joe Nellis led a combined three-hit shutout and five players registered multi-RBI games as part of a 15-0 victory in game one before St. John's (11-9-1) completed a doubleheader sweep of La Salle (7-17) with a 9-2 triumph in game two.
Nellis (1-3) racked up a career-high eight strikeouts and surrendered just two hits in 6.0 shutout frames for the victory in the opener. Mark Venice went 2-for-2 with four RBI, while Michael Donadio (2-for-3) and Jamie Galazin (1-for-4) added three RBI apiece in game one. Troy Dixon (1-for-4) and Gui Gingras (2-for-3) each had two RBI to round out the multi-RBI efforts. Jordan Meyer (2-2) took the loss after allowing six runs in 4.0 innings of work.
Robbie Knightes and Donadio each went 3-for-4 in game two, while Alex Caruso (2-for-3) and Galazin (1-for-3) had two RBI apiece. Ryan McAuliffe (2-0) had five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of two-run ball for the win. Joey Ravert went 3-for-4 with a run scored for La Salle, while Jared Mattera (0-2) allowed five runs, four earned, in 5.0 innings of work.
After Nellis struck out the side in the second, St. John's took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Josh Shaw started things with a one-out single before Jesse Berardi walked and Gingras grounded an RBI single through the right side. Donadio followed with an RBI double that one-hopped the wall in right center and Berardi worked a two-out walk to load the bases. Galazin then made it a 4-0 ballgame with a two-run single up the middle.
Following 1-2-3 innings from Nellis in the third and fourth, St. John's extended its lead with two runs in the fourth. Back-to-back walks to Donadio and Ty Blankmeyer started things before Caruso reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. After an infield popup and a shallow fly ball kept the bases loaded, Dixon came through with a two-run double as the Red Storm grabbed a 6-0 lead.
Nellis eventually retired 11-straight batters before a one-out single in the fifth, the first hit of the ballgame surrendered by the lefty.
The Red Storm then batted around and tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Shaw led off with a single before Berardi worked a walk and Gingras grounded an RBI single through the right side. Donadio followed with a sacrifice fly before a walk to Blankmeyer prompted a pitching change. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, a passed ball plated Gingras and Galazin walked to extend the inning. Venice then added a pinch-hit, two-run single as the lead ballooned to 11-0.
St. John's batted around for the second-straight inning as part of a four-run sixth. A Shaw single and a Berardi double quickly set the table before Donadio reached on a one-out error as Shaw came around to score. Anthony Brocato worked a walk to load the bases before a walk to Galazin forced in a run. Venice then gave St. John's a 15-0 lead with a two-run double inside the left field line.
La Salle jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first inning of game two. Back-to-back one-out singles quickly set up runners on the corners before an Ethan Springston sacrifice fly and a Chase Arnold RBI double gave the Explorers a 2-0 lead.
St. John's answered and tied the game with a two-run third. Donadio led off with a single and stole second before Anthony Fava roped an RBI double into left center. After a sacrifice bunt moved Fava to third, Galazin tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly.
An error helped the Red Storm take the lead for good in the fourth. Shaw singled and promptly stole second before taking third on a groundout. Gingras then reached on a fielder's choice as La Salle tried to get Shaw at home, but the throw was wild and St. John's took a 3-2 lead.
McAuliffe, meanwhile, retired eight-straight batters following a 1-2-3 frame in the fifth and the St. John's offense added two more runs in the bottom of the inning. After leading off with an infield single to deep short, Galazin swiped second and took third on a groundout. Dixon followed with an RBI single and Shaw roped a ground-rule double to left before Berardi made it a 5-2 score with a sacrifice fly.
St. John's loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and added one run. After Donadio singled, Fava and Caruso drew consecutive walks before Knightes gave the Red Storm a 6-2 lead with a sacrifice fly.
La Salle drew a pair of walks against the bullpen in the seventh, but Thomas Hackimer entered and rolled an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play ball.
Hackimer worked a quick 1-2-3 eighth before St. John's tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Donadio started things once again with a single before Fava walked and a passed ball set up runners on second and third. Caruso followed with a two-run double inside the third base bag before a Galazin sacrifice fly gave the Red Storm a 9-2 lead.
Hackimer struck out the side in the ninth to notch his third save of the season.
St. John's returns to action on March 30 with a 3 p.m. game against Wagner at Kaiser Stadium (ESPN3).