Katz Leads Three Pitchers In Combined One-Hitter As St. John's Blanks Wagner, 3-0|
April 2, 2014
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - St. John's took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as starter Alex Katz tossed 6.0 innings of no-hit ball before Chris Kalica and Joe Kuzia finished off a combined one-hitter to lead St. John's to a 3-0 win at Wagner. Michael Donadio went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Zach Lauricella finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Ty Blankmeyer had a 2-for-3 day to help pace St. John's (16-11). Katz (1-1) walked three, but struck out five and worked four 1-2-3 innings for the win. Zack Yesko had the lone hit for Wagner (3-17) and finished 1-for-2 with a walk. Starter Brad Currao (0-1) was saddled with the loss for the Seahawks after allowing two runs in 4.0 innings.
St. John's had one-out baserunners in both the first and second frames, but stranded both before Currao worked a 1-2-3 third frame.
Katz, meanwhile, retired the first seven batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk in the third frame. The lefty retired the next two batters, however, and the game remained scoreless through three innings.
St. John's, however, took the lead with a two-run fourth. Robert Wayman set the table with a leadoff walk before Matt Harris was plunked and Jarred Mederos advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Donadio then grounded an RBI single through the right side before Lauricella lined an RBI single into right field to give the Red Storm a 2-0 lead.
Katz worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning and retired the first two batters in the fifth before issuing a walk to Jason Gordon. A balk pushed Gordon to second, but a strikeout ended the inning. The lefty then struck out the first two batters in the sixth before finishing another 1-2-3 frame with a flyout.
The Red Storm then added a run in the seventh after Lauricella got things started with a single through the left side. A Tyler Sanchez sacrifice bunt pushed Lauricella to second before Alex Caruso made it a 3-0 ballgame with an RBI double into left field.
A leadoff walk to Nick Dini in the bottom of the seventh, however, chased Katz from the ballgame. Kalica entered and walked his first batter before rolling a 6-4-3 double play ball. A hit batsman then gave Wagner runners on the corners, but Kalica induced a groundout to keep the Seahawks off the board.
Wagner, however, broke up the no-hit bid in the eighth as Yesko led off with a single up the middle. Kalica then induced a lineout before getting out of the inning with a 4-6-3 double play.
Kuzia walked the leadoff man in the ninth, but used a 6-4-3 double play and a groundout to close out a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.
St. John's returns to action and opens BIG EAST play on the road with a three-game series at Villanova beginning on April 4 with a 3:15 p.m. game.