No. 12 St. John's Tops Albany, 9-3|
April 11, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Coming off the squad's only consecutive losses of the season, the No. 12 St. John's Red Storm returned to the win column in dominant fashion on Tuesday afternoon, downing Albany, 9-3, at Jack Kaiser Stadium.
After seeing his streak of 26-straight games reaching base come to an end on Sunday, Michael Donadio rebounded with authority against the Great Danes (10-14), going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. The senior's four hits tied a career-high for a single game, as the Mount Sinai, N.Y., native also had four hits against Albany as a freshman back in 2014. Donadio is now just two hits shy of tying former teammate Zach Lauricella for 10th on the St. John's all-time hit list with 231.
Starting in right field on Tuesday for the Red Storm (23-5), Jamie Galazin extending his hitting streak to 12 and bumped his average to .410 on the season with a 2-for-4, two-RBI outing.
Making his first start of the season in center field, freshman Mike Antico went 2-for-2 with an RBI, scoring three runs in the process.
Jesse Berardi and John Valente each went 1-for-3 with an RBI on the afternoon. Valente registered his first home run of the season against the Great Danes, belting the first pitch that he saw over the wall in left.
Matt Messier started on the hill for the Red Storm, surrendering just one hit in four scoreless frames. Turner French earned the win in relief, improving to 2-0 on the season with 2.2 innings of scoreless work, striking out three.
After a scoreless first inning, St. John's broke through with authority in the second, plating four runs to take the early lead. With one out in the frame, Troy Dixon walked and Josh Shaw singled through the left side to give the Johnnies a pair of base runners. After a Robbie Knightes flyout to left, Antico ripped a single through the right side, scoring Dixon and giving the Red Storm its first run of the game. Next up was Galazin, who sent a single into center to score Shaw and put the Johnnies up by two. Following a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third, Donadio singled to right, bringing home both runners and extending the Red Storm advantage to four after two innings of play.
The Johnnies added two more in the fourth, as Antico rocketed a one-out triple down the right field line before coming into score on a Galazin RBI single in the following at bat. After Galazin swiped second, Donadio brought in his third run of the game with a base knock to right center.
The Red Storm wasted no time adding another run in the fifth, as Valente took the first pitch of the inning over the wall in left for his first home run of the season, bumping the St. John's lead to seven.
After Albany used a pair of homers to plate three runs in the top of the sixth, St. John's responded with another run in the home half of the inning. Donadio led off the frame with his third hit of the day, a double to the wall in straight-away center. After moving 90 feet on a Berardi grounder to the second baseman, Donadio came home on a Robert Boselli III sacrifice fly to right, pushing the St. John's lead back to five, 8-3, heading into the seventh.
St. John's would add one final run in the bottom of the eighth, as Berardi belted a sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded.
The Red Storm returns to action on Thursday afternoon, traveling to Indianapolis for a three-game set with Butler.
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