April 11, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Starter James Lomangino matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts and Michael Donadio sparked a three-run seventh with a two-run home run as St. John's defeated Butler, 3-1, to open a three-game BIG EAST series. Donadio finished 1-for-3 with the two-run blast and a run scored, while Tyler Sanchez went 2-for-3 with an RBI double to lead St. John's (18-13, 2-2). Lomangino (3-4) surrendered just four hits in 8.0 innings of one-run ball for the win. Chris Maranto went 1-for-3 with a solo home run for Butler (14-18, 2-2) and Gunner Johnson (2-3) took the loss after allowing three runs in 6.2 innings of work.
Butler used the long ball to grab an early lead as Maranto put the Bulldogs up 1-0 with a two-out solo home run to left.
The Bulldogs threatened in the second, but stranded a runner at third. Lomangino struck out the first two batters of the inning before Austin Miller reached on an error. Mike Kseniak then singled up the middle as Miller advanced to third, but Lomangino ended the frame with a pickoff at first base.
Lomangino added two more strikeouts as part of a 1-2-3 third before Butler threatened again in the fourth. After a strikeout to start the fourth, Quincy Quintero singled and Michael Fries walked before Nick Bartolone was retired on a flyout. A single by Miller loaded the bases, but Lomangino struck out Kseniak to strand all three runners.
Johnson, meanwhile, set the Red Storm down in order with a 1-2-3 first and worked around a two-out error in the second before adding another 1-2-3 frame in the third. A walk to Ty Blankmeyer led of the fourth frame, but Johnson retired the next three batters in order.
Lomangino recorded his eighth strikeout as part of a 1-2-3 fifth frame, but Johnson answered with a 1-2-3 inning of his own to keep the Red Storm hitless through five innings.
The Red Storm collected its first two hits of the game in the sixth, but could not score. Sanchez started the inning with a single through the left side before Alex Caruso reached on a bunt single. A sacrifice bunt attempt was popped up, however, and Caruso was doubled off at first before a groundout ended the inning.
After another 1-2-3 inning from Lomangino, the Red Storm broke through with a three-run seventh. Jarred Mederos set the table with a one-out double into left center before Donadio launched an opposite field two-run home run to left. Zach Lauricella followed with an infield single and stole second before Sanchez lined an RBI double off the top of the wall in left to give St. John's a 3-1 lead.
Lomangino picked up his 10th strikeout in the eighth before concluding his day with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Joe Kuzia took the mound in the ninth and issued a leadoff walk to Quintero, but pinch runner Brodie Moyer was doubled off on a shallow flyout to right. Ryan Wojciechowski followed with a pinch hit single past Kuzia before a Miller single gave the Bulldogs runners on first and second. Kuzia, however, retired Kseniak to end the game and record his fifth save of the season.
St. John's continues its series against Butler on April 12 with a 2 p.m. game that will air on FOX Sports 2.