Berardi Homers Twice As St. John’s Powers Past Albany, 20-3|
April 12, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. - Jesse Berardi launched a pair of home runs as St. John’s used a seven-run second and an eight-run eighth to cruise to a 20-3 victory against Albany. Berardi, who finished 2-for-4 with five RBI, had a three-run blast in the second and a two-run homer in the seventh to record the Red Storm’s first multi-home run game since May 15, 2011.
Josh Shaw went 2-for-5 with four RBI to help lead St. John’s (17-11-1), while Jamie Galazin (3-for-5), Anthony Brocato (2-for-5) and Gui Gingras (1-for-2) added two RBI apiece. Michael LoPresti (1-0) had seven strikeouts and allowed three runs, two earned, in 5.0 innings for the win.
Kyle Sacks was 1-for-2 with two RBI for Albany (10-19), while Kevin Donati went 1-for-4 with two runs. Brian Paulino (1-3) took the loss after allowing eight runs, four earned, in 1.1 innings.
St. John’s turned a pair of walks into a pair of runs in the first inning. Alex Caruso walked to lead off the game and stole second before Michael Donadio worked a one-out walk. Shaw then roped a two-out, two-run double to the wall in left field and the Red Storm led 2-0.
Albany cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. Donati set the table with a one-out double and took third on a passed ball. Sacks then walked and was picked off, but another passed ball allowed Donati to score and made it a 2-1 ballgame.
St. John’s sent 10 men to the plate in the second and broke the game open with a seven-run frame. A leadoff double by Gavin Garay and a Robbie Knightes single quickly set up runners on the corners with no outs before Anthony Fava grounded back to the pitcher, but reached on a fielder’s choice as Garay was caught off of third. After Caruso and Galazin followed with back-to-back RBI singles, Donadio reached on an error to load the bases with one out. Brocato then chased Paulino with an RBI single and Shaw greeted reliever Sam DeCelle with a sacrifice fly. Berardi put the exclamation point on the inning with a three-run shot to straightaway center.
Albany bounced back with two runs in the third after a leadoff walk to Patrick Lagravinese and a Will Miller single started things. Donati then reached on a fielder’s choice as Miller was erased at second and Sacks cut the lead to 9-3 with a two-run double.
LoPresti worked 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth, but was chased after the Great Danes loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Matt Hinchy singled to lead off the frame and Evan Harasta walked before a single by Connor Powers sent St. John’s to the bullpen. Tyler Bauman entered and got a strikeout a shallow flyout and a foul popup to end the inning and strand all three runners.
Another Berardi home run highlighted a three-run seventh as St. John’s extended its lead to 12-3. After Brocato reached on an error to lead off the inning, Berardi stepped up with one out and launched a two-run blast to center. Pinch hitter Gingras then worked a walk and Fava reached on a dropped infield popup, but Gingras scored on an errant throw to second.
St. John’s sent 13 men to the plate to tack on eight more runs in the eighth. Galazin and Donadio drew back-to-back walks to start the inning before a pair of wild pitches brought home Galazin and moved Donadio to third. Brocato then took a pitch off the arm before Shaw followed with an RBI single. Gingras added a two-run triple to the gap in left center and later scored as Kyle Cunningham reached on an error. Galazin followed with RBI single and Donadio added an RBI double before Brocato made it a 20-3 ballgame with an RBI single.
St. John’s returns to The Jack and hosts Princeton at 6 p.m. on April 13 (ESPN3).