March 29, 2005
Queens, NY - Ten different players had at least two hits and four St. John's pitchers combined to allow only seven hits en route to a 22-3 win over Columbia at Baker Field on Tuesday afternoon in New York City. The win improves the Red Storm's record to 10-9 overall, while the Lions fall to 3-14 overall.
St. John's scored a season-high 22 runs on 28 hits as they tallied three runs in the first, three in the second, two in the third and 10 in the fourth to blow the game open. The 22 runs and 28 hits were the most for a Red Storm team since tallying the same number of hits in a 23-2 win over Georgetown on March 27, 1999.
Junior Greg Thomson (Levittown, NY) paced the St. John's offense, going 4-for-4 at the plate, his first four-hit game of the season, with four runs scored and two RBI. Thomson hit three doubles, driving in a run in the second as St. John's took a 4-0 lead. He added a pair of two-baggers in the 10-run fourth inning.
Junior Will Vogl (Pacifica, CA) went 3-for-3, with three runs scored and four RBI. Vogl hit an RBI triple in the first inning to score the first of three runs in that inning and then hit a two-run home run - his third of the season - in the second inning.
Leading 8-1 in the top of the fourth, St. John's scored 10 runs on nine hits and took advantage of three Columbia errors as the lead grew to 18-1. In that inning, Vogl drove in a run with a single, redshirt sophomore Chris Joachim (Massapequa Park, NY) had a two run single and drove in three runs, senior P.J. Antoniato (Levittown, NY) hit an RBI single and junior Eddie Schultz (Flemington, NJ) drove in a run with a groundout.
Antoniato was one of four players to finish with at least three hits, as he had three singles, scored three times and drove in one run. Schultz finished with a double, two singles, one run scored and two RBI.
Freshman Gil Zayas (East New York, NJ) hit a double and a single and drove in one run, senior Blake Hershelman (Georgetown, DE) had a double, single, scored a run and drove in one, Joachim had two hits with two runs and three RBI, senior catcher Joe Burke (Brooklyn, NY) added two hits, two runs and an RBI, junior Ken Devenney (Philadelphia, PA) added a double, single and a run and freshman Jeff Grantham (Randolph, NJ) hit two singles, scored two runs and drove in one.
The Red Storm had 10 extra-base hits, including eight doubles
Redshirt junior Justin Muir (Plainsboro, NJ) started and went three innings, giving up one run on two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts as he improved to 2-2. Freshman George Brown (Syracuse, NY) gave up one unearned run on two hits in three innings, while freshman Dan Stanley (Sewell, NJ) threw two scoreless innings and redshirt freshman James Lally (Floral Park, NY) gave up one run on hit in the ninth inning.
St. John's plays next on Wednesday, hosting Wagner at The Ballpark at 3 p.m. Sophomore Anthony Smith (Katonah, NY) is slated to take the hill for the Red Storm.