Caruso, Gingras Combine For Eight RBI As St. John’s Defeats NYIT, 15-6

Alex Caruso went 2-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.
April 1, 2016

Box Score

QUEENS, N.Y. - Alex Caruso and Gui Gingras had four RBI apiece as St. John’s won its sixth-straight game with a series-opening 15-6 victory against NYIT.

Caruso finished 2-for-6 with a double and two runs scored to help lead St. John’s (13-9-1), while Gingras went 2-for-2 with a double and one run scored. Jamie Galazin homered and had two RBI as part of a 2-for-5 day at the plate, and Josh Shaw also homered to highlight a 3-for-4 effort. Joe Nellis (2-3), who faced the minimum through 5.0 innings, allowed four runs in 5.2 innings for the win.

Louis Mele went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI for NYIT (11-14), while Joe Daru finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Elias Martinez (2-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs in 3.1 innings of work.

After Nellis worked quick 1-2-3 innings in the first and second, St. John’s took a 3-0 lead in the home half of the second. Robbie Knightes and Troy Dixon led off with back-to-back singles before a one-out walk to Jesse Berardi loaded the bases. Gingras then ripped a bases-clearing, three-run double into the right field corner.

Nellis worked a 1-2-3 third before Daru singled to lead off the fourth. The lefty got out of the inning with a fielder’s choice and a double play to face the minimum through four frames.

 

 

St. John’s then loaded the bases with one out as part of a four-run fourth inning. Shaw singled to start things, but was erased as Berardi reached on a fielder’s choice. After Gingras walked and Ty Blankmeyer singled to load the bases, Caruso cleared the bases with a three-run double to left. Galazin followed with an infield single before Michael Donadio worked a walk to reload the bases. Knightes then reached on an RBI fielder’s choice and the Red Storm led 7-0.

Nellis, meanwhile, tossed a 1-2-3 fifth to face the minimum through five.

St. John’s extended its lead to 8-0 in the bottom of the frame as Shaw led off with a home run.

NYIT, however, chased Nellis as part of a four-run sixth. After Thomas Joannou worked a leadoff walk, Nicolas Lombardi drew a one-out walk before Daru added an RBI single. Mele then made it an 8-4 ballgame with a three-run home run to left field. St. John’s went to the bullpen and Joey Graziano ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Red Storm used the long ball to respond with its own four-run inning in the seventh. Back-to-back singles from Shaw and Berardi set up runners on the corners before Gingras lifted a sacrifice fly to center. Caruso followed with an RBI single and Galazin gave the Red Storm a 12-4 lead with a two-run home run to left.

The Bears got two runs back in the eighth. After Lombardi set the table with a one-out double, Daru followed with an RBI triple to the gap in right center. Mele then added an RBI single as NYIT pulled to within 12-6.

St. John’s answered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin. John Valente walked to lead off the inning before a Kyle Cunningham single set up runners on the corners. Cunningham then swiped second before Berardi reached on an error as Valente scored. Pinch-hitter Gavin Garay added an RBI groundout before a Blankmeyer RBI single gave the Red Storm a 15-6 advantage.

Michael LoPresti closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.

St. John’s continues its series against NYIT on April 2 with a noon game at Angelo Lorenzo Memorial Field.

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