St. John's Splits Doubleheader Against Georgetown|
April 8, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's and Georgetown split a doubleheader to open BIG EAST play as the Red Storm lost 10-3 in the opener before rallying for a 13-10 victory in game two.
Alex Caruso went 4-for-5 to pace St. John's (15-11-1, 1-1) in the first game, while Michael Donadio finished 3-for-4 with one RBI. Joe Nellis (2-4) took the loss, allowing six runs in 4.1 innings of work. Austin Shirley, Jake Bernstein and Charlie Dillon had two RBI apiece for Georgetown (14-18, 1-1), while Matt Smith (3-3) tossed 7.0 innings of two-run ball for the game one victory.
Troy Dixon finished 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's in game two. Jamie Galazin (2-for-5) and Donadio (2-for-3) added three RBI apiece, while Josh Shaw (3-for-4) and Jesse Berardi (2-for-5) each had two RBI. Thomas Hackimer (4-0) had five strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless frames for the victory. Dillon went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run and five RBI for the Hoyas. Tim Davis (2-1) took the loss after surrendering five runs in 1.0 inning of relief.
St. John's grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning in game one. Caruso led off the frame with an infield single before Donadio flared a ground-rule double into the left field corner. Dixon followed with a sacrifice fly as the Red Storm took the early advantage.
Nellis held Georgetown without a hit through 3.1 innings, but the Hoyas turned four hits into three runs in the fourth. Joseph Bialkowski started things with a one-out infield single before Chase Bushor doubled into the right field corner. Christian Sanchez tied the ballgame with an RBI infield single before a two-out walk loaded the bases. Dillon then lined a two-run single into left and Georgetown led 3-1.
The Hoyas chased Nellis and tacked on four more runs in the fifth. With runners on the corners and one out, Bushor extended the lead with an RBI bunt single. St. John's went to the bullpen for Joey Christopher, who induced a groundout as the runners advanced to second and third. Bernstein followed with a two-run triple to right center and an Eric Webber RBI single up the middle gave the Hoyas a 7-1 advantage.
Georgetown made it an 8-1 ballgame in the sixth on a Bialkowski RBI single.
St. John's got a run back in the seventh after Robbie Knightes set the table with a leadoff walk. Ty Blankmeyer then worked a one-out walk before Caruso singled to load the bases. Galazin followed with an RBI fielder's choice as the Red Storm trimmed the deficit to 8-2.
The Hoyas, however, responded in the ninth as a two-run single from Shirley gave Georgetown a 10-2 advantage.
The Red Storm plated one run in the bottom of the ninth for the final margin. Gui Gingras started things with a one-out single before pinch hitter Mark Venice worked a walk. A walk to Galazin loaded the bases with two outs before a Donadio RBI single made it 10-3.
St. John's jumped out to the early lead in game two with a pair of unearned runs in the first. Galazin reached on a one-out error to start things before a Donadio single set up runners on the corners. Dixon added a sacrifice fly before Berardi made it a 2-0 game with a two-out RBI double.
Georgetown answered immediately and tied the game with a two-run second frame, but the Red Storm grabbed the lead right back with four runs in the bottom of the second. Gingras and John Valente opened the inning with back-to-back singles before Caruso reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Galazin followed with an RBI groundout before Donadio lifted a sacrifice fly into center field. After Dixon added an RBI double to left center, Shaw gave the Red Storm a 6-2 lead with an RBI single.
The back-and-forth continued in the fourth as the Hoyas took the lead with five runs. A one-out walk set the table before Beau Hall doubled and Richie O'Reilly walked to load the bases. Dillon tied the game with an inside-the-park grand slam and Michael DeRenzi later added an RBI single as Georgetown took a 7-6 lead.
St. John's responded again and retook the lead with two runs in the fourth. Galazin doubled to lead off the inning, but was picked off. Donadio restarted things with a walk before a Dixon single set up runners on the corners. Shaw tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Berardi put the Red Storm up 8-7 with an RBI single.
The lead did not last as Georgetown plated two runs in the fifth to go up 9-8. Cole Whitney relieved starter Ryan McAuliffe and issued a leadoff walk. A wild pitch advanced the runner to second before Bushor tied the game with an RBI single. St. John's then went to the bullpen for Joe Napolitano and a wild pitch allowed Bushor to take second. After moving to third on a groundout, Bushor scored on the third wild pitch of the inning.
Georgetown extended its lead to 10-8 with one run in the seventh. A leadoff single was erased by a fielder's choice, but another single chased Napolitano from the game. Hackimer entered with one out and plunked Hall to load the bases before Dillon worked a two-out walk to force in a run.
St. John's took the lead for good with a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Venice led off with a single up the middle before Gingras walked. Valente followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt, but reached on a fielder's choice as the Hoyas retired the lead runner at third. After Anthony Brocato was plunked to load the bases, Galazin tied the game with a two-run single up the middle. Donadio followed with a two-run triple into the left field corner and Dixon gave the Red Storm a 13-10 lead with an RBI single.
Hackimer had two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth and added two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth.
St. John's concludes its series against Georgetown on April 10 with a noon first pitch (ESPN3).