April 1, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Starter Ryan McCormick matched a career-high with seven strikeouts in just 3.0 innings of work before a Jarred Mederos three-run home run highlighted a five-run third inning as St. John's defeated Towson, 10-3, in midweek action at Jack Kaiser Stadium. Mederos finished 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to lead St. John's (15-11), while Zach Lauricella went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. McCormick allowed two singles and walked one in a no-decision before Joey Graziano (1-2) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings for the win in relief. Pat Fitzgerald and Hunter Bennett each finished 1-for-4 with an RBI for Towson (13-9), while starter Lee Lawler (2-1) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, in 3.0 innings of work.
McCormick struck out the side in a quick 1-2-3 first inning before working around a leadoff single in the second with a strikeout, a caught stealing and another strikeout.
The Tigers threatened in the third as a leadoff walk and a single gave Towson runners on first and second with no outs. McCormick, however, retired the lead runner at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt and finished his outing with back-to-back strikeouts.
St. John's, meanwhile, stranded a runner in each of the first two frames before taking control with a five-run third inning. Troy Dixon and Alex Caruso opened the inning with back-to-back walks before both advanced on a wild pitch. Bret Dennis followed with an RBI single through the left side before Robert Wayman made it 2-0 with a sacrifice bunt, but reached safely and ended up at second on a throwing error. Mederos then provided the big hit of the game, launching a three-run blast to left field to give the Red Storm a 5-0 lead.
Graziano then took the mound in the fourth and walked the leadoff batter before getting out of the inning with a pickoff, a strikeout and groundout.
The Red Storm added a run in the fourth as the Tigers also went to the bullpen. Robbie Knightes led off with a single before advancing to third on a Dixon single through the right side. Caruso followed with a sacrifice fly into center to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
After Graziano worked a 1-2-3 fifth, St. John's tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Matt Harris and Mederos led off with back-to-back singles before Lauricella ripped a two-run double that bounced off the left field wall. Knightes followed with an RBI single through the left side and the Red Storm led 9-0.
St. John's added a run in the sixth after Wayman set the table with a leadoff walk. Wayman advanced to third on a Harris single before Mederos walked to load the bases with no outs. A Michael Donadio RBI groundout made it 10-0, but a strikeout and a flyout limited the damage to just one run.
Towson plated a run in the seventh after leadoff batter and pinch hitter Mike Draper was plunked before moving to second on a balk. The next two batters were retired before Bennett lined a two-run double off the chalk down the right field line to make it 10-1.
The Tigers plated two more runs in the eighth after loading the bases with no outs. A walk opened the inning before a single and a walk quickly loaded the bases. Spencer Sutton followed with a sacrifice fly before Fitzgerald made it 10-3 with an RBI fielder's choice for the final margin.
St. John's returns to action and opens a brief four-game road trip on April 2 with a 3 p.m. game against Wagner in Staten Island.