April 5, 2005
Queens, NY - St. John's freshman George Brown (Syracuse, NY) threw five shutout innings and the Red Storm had seven extra-base hits en route to a 14-2 win over St. Francis (NY) at The Ballpark on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the sixth-straight win for St. John's, as they improve to 15-9 overall. The Terriers fall to 1-9 overall.
Brown threw five innings, allowing only three hits, with three walks and one strikeout for his first collegiate win.
St. Francis got off to a good start, putting a pair of runners after singles from Phillip Marchese and Vin Tepedino, but Brown induced a double play and then a ground ball out to get out of the inning. He retired six of the next batters before putting two runners on in the fourth and getting an inning-ending double play.
The Red Storm, meanwhile, jumped on St. Francis starter Marc Lussier in the bottom of the first. Senior P.J. Antoniato (Levittown, NY) hit a one-out single and moved to third after Greg Thomson (Levittown, NY) and Blake Hershelman (Georgetown, DE) were hit by pitches. All three players scored when junior Eddie Schultz (Flemington, NJ) blasted a double to the wall in left.
St. John's added a run in the second when freshman Gil Zayas (East New York, NJ) hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a double from classmate Jeff Grantham (Randolph, NJ) and scored on a fly ball to left from senior Joe Burke (Brooklyn, NY).
In the fourth, Grantham was hit by Lussier, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Antoniato's double to left. The lead grew to 6-0 when Antoniato scored on Thomson's single to right. Thomson, who moved to second on the throw home, scored when a throw to second went to centerfield, allowing him to come all the way around on his hit.
The Red Storm blew the game open with a six-run fifth inning. A double from Will Vogl (Pacifica, CA) scored Schultz, who had singled. Vogl moved to third on a fly ball out and scored on a sacrifice fly from Zayas. Grantham walked and moved to second when Burke singled, and both runners scored when Antoniato tripled to left. A single from Thomson brought home Antoniato and sophomore Anthony Smith (Katonah, NY) followed with a double down the right field line, increasing the lead to 14-0.
The Terriers scored their first run in the sixth on a single from Nick Kass and added another run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Rich Castaldo.
Antoniato finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI, while Schultz, Thomson and Vogl each added two hits.
St. John's returns to action on Wednesday, playing at Fairleigh Dickinson. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.