March 29, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - In a game played through a steady rain that forced the cancellation of the second end of a scheduled doubleheader, five Red Storm errors led to six unearned runs as St. John's also stranded nine runners and saw its 11-game winning-streak snapped with a 10-2 loss against Sacred Heart. Bret Dennis and Tyler Sanchez each finished 1-for-4 to pace St. John's (14-11), while Robbie Knightes went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and Troy Dixon had two walks and a run scored. James Lomangino (2-4) took the loss after allowing five runs, one earned, in 5.0 innings of work. Kody Kerski (4-0) allowed just two hits in 6.0 scoreless innings to lead Sacred Heart (10-8), while Jayson Sullivan went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Pioneers got on the board first, taking the lead for good with a three-run third inning. Keaton Flint led off with a single before Ted Shaw laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on an error as no outs were recorded. Lomangino responded with a strikeout and a flyout before a walk to Zack Short loaded the bases. Sullivan then lined a two-run double into left field, but reached third on an error that also allowed a third run to score. A flyout ended the inning, but Sacred Heart led 3-0.
St. John's tried to put together a two-out rally in the second, but could not break through into the scoring column. Sanchez led off with a single into center before Dennis extended the inning with a two-out bunt single. A walk to Zach Lauricella loaded the bases, but Kerski escaped with an inning-ending flyout.
Sacred Heart came right back and plated two more runs in the fourth. Keith Klebart led off with an infield single and advanced to third on a Derick Horn single into right field. After a flyout to left, the Pioneers went up 4-0 as Shaw laid down an RBI bunt single. Kenny Byram then reached on a fielder's choice as St. John's retired the runner at second, but the throw to first was errant and allowed a run to score before Byram was thrown out trying to advance to second.
St. John's then took advantage of two errors to get on the board with a two-run seventh against the Pioneer bullpen. Michael Donadio led off the inning with a flyball to left against reliever Jason Foley, but it was dropped and Donadio hustled his way into second base. Troy Dixon then walked before Sanchez sent a grounder to short, but reached on an error as Donadio scored and Dixon took third. Knightes made it 5-2 with a sacrifice fly into left field before Alex Caruso extended the inning with a walk, but a double play ended the inning.
Sacred Heart responded with three runs in the eighth to take an 8-2 lead on a Flint RBI double and a Byram two-out, two-run single into center.
St. John's loaded the bases in the eighth, but stranded three more runners and was kept off the board. Lauricella reached on an error to open the inning before Matt Harris walked. Lauricella was then thrown out at third trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt, while Harris took second. A groundout moved Harris to third before Donadio and Dixon loaded the bases with back-to-back walks. Sacred Heart then went to the bullpen and reliever Dan Wertz induced a grounder in front of the plate as the Pioneers took the forceout at home to end the inning.
The Pioneers plated two more unearned runs in the ninth for the final 10-2 margin.
St. John's and Sacred Heart are scheduled to conclude a shortened two-game series with a 1 p.m. first pitch on March 30.