SERIES WIN: Eighth-Inning Rally Lifts St. John’s Past Georgetown, 5-4|
April 10, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - A tie-breaking RBI single from Gui Gingras in the eighth inning proved to be the difference as St. John’s defeated Georgetown, 5-4, to clinch a series victory. Gingras finished 3-for-4 to help lead St. John’s (16-11-1, 2-1), while Michael Donadio was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Jamie Galazin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Kevin Torres (2-0) tossed 3.1 shutout frames of relief for the victory. Beau Hall was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Georgetown (14-19, 1-2). David Ellingson (1-2) took the loss after allowing one unearned run in 1.0 inning of relief.
St. John’s grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first courtesy of a two-out RBI. After Galazin set the table with a one-out double inside the first base bag, Troy Dixon put the Red Storm on the board with a two-out RBI single.
Georgetown took advantage of an error to tie the game with an unearned run in the third. Hall worked a one-out walk and advanced all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Joseph Bialkowski followed with a two-out RBI single as the Hoyas pulled even at 1-1.
The first three batters reached in the bottom of the third as the Red Storm took the lead right back with a pair of runs. Alex Caruso started things with a leadoff walk and went in motion as a Galazin single set up runners on the corners. Galazin then went in motion as Donadio followed with an RBI single to again set up runners on the corners. A Dixon double play brought home Galazin and St. John’s led 3-1.
Starter Kevin Magee (4.0 IP, 3H, 4R, 1ER, 5BB, 6K) set down the Hoyas in order in the fourth and the Red Storm extended its lead with a run in the bottom of the frame. Mark Venice reached second on a dropped fly ball to start the rally before Gingras singled and John Valente was plunked to load the bases. Caruso then made it a 4-1 ballgame and chased starter Kevin Superko with an RBI bunt single. Jack Cushing, however, entered and stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout and a groundout.
Georgetown then chased Magee and benefitted from an error to tie the game with a three-run fifth. Back-to-back walks opened the frame before Hall grounded an RBI single up the middle. St. John’s went to the bullpen for Turner French and Michael DeRenzi laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on a throwing error as a run scored. After Chase Bushor tied the game at 4-4 with a sacrifice fly, Torres came on to end the inning with a groundout.
After working a scoreless sixth, Torres tossed 1-2-3 frames in the seventh and eighth as the game remained tied.
St. John’s, however, pushed across what proved to be the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth. Josh Shaw led off with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt before advancing to third on a passed ball. Gingras then grounded a ball to the second baseman in shallow right, but beat the throw for a two-out RBI single as St. John’s went up 5-4.
Thomas Hackimer entered in the ninth and worked around a leadoff walk to secure the save.
St. John’s returns to action April 12 with a 3 p.m. midweek road game at Albany.