No. 9 St. John's Secures Series Sweep with 15-1 Win over Maine|
March 26, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - The No. 9 St. John's Red Storm closed out its first home series of the year in dominant fashion on Sunday afternoon, completing the sweep with a 15-1 win over Maine at Jack Kaiser Stadium.
The Johnnies exploded for 18 hits on the afternoon, led by Jesse Berardi's 4-for-5, three-RBI effort. The junior from Commack, N.Y., also registered a walk and reached on a fielder's choice in the one at-bat during which he did not register a hit.
Michael Donadio tied a career-high with four RBIs on the day, going 2-for-5 with a triple.
Just one day after snapping a program-record 30-game hitting streak, John Valente went 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Gui Gingras (2-for-2) and Robbie Knightes (2-for-3) also registered multi-hit days for the Johnnies.
Michael LoPresti picked up his team-leading fourth win of the season, surrendering only three hits and two walks over six shutout innings while striking out five. Aided by solid relief efforts from Joe LaSorsa, David Moyer, Turner French and Gavin Hollowell, the Red Storm pitching staff allowed no earned runs on the game.
The Red Storm wasted no time putting runs on the board, as the first five Johnnies recorded hits in a five-run opening inning. In the first at-bat following the end of his school-record 30-game hitting streak, Valente kicked off the action with a single up the middle before Donadio brought him home with a triple to the left field corner, marking the second-straight game and the third time in the last four outings that the senior has recorded a three-bagger. After Berardi and Gingras delivered back-to-back singles to give the Red Storm runners on the corners with a 2-0 lead and Anthony Brocato at the dish, Nick Silva spiked a ball in the dirt that allowed Gingras to break for second. When the Maine catcher tried to gun down Gingras, Berardi got a great break and sprinted for home, beating the throw back and scoring a run for the Johnnies. After another single from Brocato gave the Red Storm runners on the corners once again, Troy Dixon hit into a run-scoring double play to bump the lead to four. Josh Shaw poked a single center in the following at-bat and came around to score when a Knightes fly ball to left was misplayed by the Maine fielder, giving the Johnnies a 5-0 lead after one frame.
After a scoreless second, the Red Storm brought home four more runs in the third, bumping its lead to 9-0. With the bases loaded and one out, Valente registered an RBI the hard way, taking a pitch to the helmet and bringing home a run. Next up was Donadio, who smacked a two-RBI single to right field, scoring Galazin and Knightes to put the Red Storm up 8-0. The Johnnies would plate one more run before the end of the inning, as Berardi hit an RBI fielder's choice to the right side, scoring Valente from third.
The Johnnies added another run in the bottom of the fourth, as Shaw reached on a throwing error by the third baseman before coming around to score following a pair of singles from Knightes and Galazin.
After failing to bring a run home in the fifth, St. John's plated two more tallies in the home half of the sixth. After reaching on a fielder's choice and moving to third on Valente single with one out, Galazin scored on a RBI groundout from Donadio. Valente also moved to third on the play before coming home on a Berardi single to make it 12-0 in favor of the Red Storm.
The Red Storm added two more in the seventh, as Maine walked the first three batters of the inning before Markey picked up an RBI on a catcher's interference before Mark Venice hit into a run-scoring double play.
Following Maine's first run of the game in the top of the eighth, St. John's added its final run of the outing in the home half, as Antico drove a sacrifice fly to the wall in right field, scoring Berardi from third.
St. John's returns to action on Wednesday afternoon, playing host to Wagner at 3 p.m. at Jack Kaiser Stadium.