April 1, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Head coach Ed Blankmeyer recorded his 600th career-win in game one and three pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout in game two as St. John's swept a doubleheader against NYIT. St. John's (12-15) collected six extra base hits in a 13-7 game one victory, while Red Storm pitchers struck out nine NYIT (2-18) batters in a 6-0 game two triumph.
Kyle Lombardo was 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Zach Lauricella finished 2-for-2 with three RBI to lead the offense in game one. Martin Kelly and Danny Bethea added two RBI apiece, while Mike Sheppard III (1-0) allowed four runs in 4.0 innings of work to earn his first-career win. Alex Angus finished 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead NYIT in the opener, while Tommy Cardona (0-3) allowed six runs in 2.2 innings to take the loss.
Sean O'Hare and Lauricella each finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in game two, while Joey Graziano (2-0) had three strikeouts in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Starter Matt Clancy racked up six strikeouts in 3.0 innings for a no-decision in his first-career start. Robert Loftus had the lone hit for the Bears in the second game, while Ryan Dillabough (0-3) surrendered six runs, five earned, in 5.0 innings in a losing effort.
NYIT took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one after Joe Daru set the table with a leadoff triple. After Joshua Canabal put the Bears on the board with an RBI groundout, Dan Lackner followed with a single and stole second. Loftus then lined an RBI single into left field before Angus added an RBI double into the right field corner, but was thrown out in between second and third to end the inning.
St. John's answered with a run in the second inning to make it a 3-1 ballgame. Bethea was plunked with one out and stole second base before Lauricella lined an RBI double into the left field corner.
A solo home run by Jimmy Brennan led off a five-run third inning as the Red Storm took a 6-3 lead and chased Cardona from the game. Kelly followed the home run with a single before O'Hare was plunked and Bethea walked to load the bases with one out. Lombardo then lined a two-run double into left field before Lauricella grounded a two-run single up the middle.
NYIT took advantage of a leadoff single to answer with a run in the fourth inning to make it 6-4. Angus led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a groundout before a Nick Sebastian single set up runners on the corners. Joseph LaCugna followed with an RBI single before Canabal loaded the bases with a single up the middle, but Sheppard ended the inning with a strikeout.
St. John's then plated three more runs in the fourth to build a five-run lead. Kelly led off with a single before Frank Schwindel lined a double into the left field corner, but an error in left field allowed Kelly to score from first. After a balk moved Schwindel to third, O'Hare walked and promptly stole second base. Bethea followed with an RBI single into shallow left before a Lombardo RBI single made it 9-4 and chased reliever Steve Cotov from the game.
An Alex Caruso bunt single opened a four-run fifth as the Red Storm took a 13-4 lead. After Brennan walked, St. John's pulled off a double steal before Kelly lined a two-run single into shallow right center. Schwindel followed with a double inside the third base bag before O'Hare was plunked to load the bases with no outs. A bases loaded walk to Bethea forced in a run and sent NYIT to the bullpen before Lombardo greeted Brennen Forster with an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Forster, however, retired the next three batters to escape further damage.
The Bears opened the seventh with a Lacker solo home run as part of a three-run inning for the final 13-7 margin.
After allowing a leadoff double in the first inning of game two, Clancy collected two strikeouts and retired the next three batters. The lefty then issued a leadoff walk in the second frame before again adding two more strikeouts and retiring the next three batters.
St. John's then took the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. After O'Hare singled into center with one out, Lombardo lined an RBI triple into left center and Lauricella followed with a sacrifice fly into left field to give the Red Storm a 2-0 advantage.
Clancy added two more strikeouts as part of a 1-2-3 third inning to finish his outing.
The Red Storm added a run in the third inning after Kelly set the table with a one-out single through the left side. O'Hare followed with a single up the middle to give St. John's runners on the corners before Kelly raced home on a wild pitch and the Red Storm led 3-0.
Graziano entered in the fourth and worked a quick 1-2-3 inning before adding a 1-2-3 fifth frame.
St. John's tacked on an unearned run in the fifth inning after Kelly reached on a two-base error before scoring on an O'Hare sacrifice fly to give the Red Storm a 4-0 lead.
Graziano, meanwhile, retired the first eight batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the sixth.
A leadoff double from Lauricella set the table for two more runs in the sixth. After a balk moved Lauricella to third, Bret Dennis followed with an RBI double to the wall in right center. Pinch runner Ty Blankmeyer then tagged up on a flyout to right before scoring on a wild pitch to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
Anthony Cervone worked a scoreless ninth for the Red Storm to preserve the shutout.
St. John's returns to action and concludes a six-game homestand with a 3 p.m. game against Wagner on April 3.
Notes: Sean O'Hare hit safely in both games to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.