700 WINS: Blankmeyer Reaches Milestone As St. John’s Defeats Wagner, 9-5|
March 30, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Head coach Ed Blankmeyer registered his 700th victory as St. John’s plated nine runs in the first two innings and extended its winning streak to five games with a 9-5 triumph against Wagner. Blankmeyer, who is in his 21st season with the Red Storm, reached the milestone in 1,134 games (700-430-4, .619).
Jesse Berardi finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead St. John’s (12-9-1), while Jamie Galazin was 3-for-4 with one RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Michael Donadio (1-for-2) had two RBI and two walks, and Josh Shaw (1-for-4) added two RBI. Kevin Torres (1-0) earned the win with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
Anthony Harrold finished 3-for-5 with an RBI to pace Wagner (8-10). Paul Mammino (1-2) took the loss after allowing nine runs, eight earned, in 1.1 innings of work.
St. John’s took the early lead with a three-run first frame. Galazin started things with a one-out single before Troy Dixon took a pitch off the front shoulder and Gavin Garay walked to load the bases. After Berardi put the Red Storm on the board with an RBI fielder’s choice, Shaw made it a 3-0 ballgame with a two-run double.
Wagner answered immediately with two runs in the second. Phil Capra led off with a double before a Harrold RBI single quickly had the Seahawks on the board. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt and taking third on a groundout, Harrold scored on a wild pitch as the Red Storm’s lead was cut to 3-2.
St. John’s then sent 10-men to the plate as part of a six-run response in the bottom of the frame. A Gui Gingras infield single set the table before Alex Caruso sent a one-out single through the right side. Galazin followed with an RBI double and Dixon reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases. After Garay worked a walk to force in a run, a two-run double from Berardi sent Wagner to the bullpen. Donadio then greeted Nathan Hunt with a two-run double as the Red Storm took a 9-2 lead.
The Seahawks answered again in the third, this time with a three-run inning. Back-to-back singles opened the frame before Anthony Godino followed with a one-out RBI single. After Capra added an RBI single, Harrold singled to load the bases. Anthony Pecora followed with a sacrifice fly as Wagner pulled to within 9-5.
Wagner threatened in the sixth, but stranded three runners. The inning started with consecutive walks and St. John’s went to the bullpen for Torres. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third, Torres issued a two-out walk to load the bases. The reliever, however, ended the inning with a groundout.
St. John’s tried to put together a two-out rally in the seventh, but stranded runners at second and third. Following two quick outs, Donadio and Gingras worked back-to-back walks. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, but a groundout ended the frame.
St. John’s returns to action on April 1, opening a three-game series against NYIT with a 3 p.m. game at Kaiser Stadium (ESPN3).