April 13, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - An eight-run fourth inning lifted No. 21 Notre Dame to a 13-7 win over St. John's in the second game of a BIG EAST doubleheader at Frank Eck Stadium on Thursday. St. John's took an early 6-3 lead, but the Fighting Irish came back to finish the doubleheader sweep and win its 16th straight game.
Chris Anninos went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Red Storm offense, and Sam DeLuca and Will Vogl each added two hits. DeLuca scored a team-high two runs, and Vogl drove in at least one run for the 11th time in 12 games. Ken Devenney, Chris Joachim and Gil Zayas all chipped with an RBI, and Jeff Grantham went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Junior Luis Monell made his first career BIG EAST start, allowing six hits and five earned runs in 3.0 innings to get a no-decision. Jared Yecker allowed two hits and three runs in 0.1 innings to pick up the loss and fall to 4-1 on the season, and Justin Muir continued a run of nine straight appearances without an earned run in 4.2 innings of relief.
St. John's pushed two runs across in the top of the first inning to grab an early lead. Will Vogl led off the game with a double down the left field line, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Grantham and scored on an RBI single by Sam DeLuca. After DeLuca stole second base, Chris Joachim ripped an RBI single up the middle to give the Red Storm a 2-0 lead.
The Irish answered back in the bottom half of the first, scoring three runs on four hits to take a 3-2 lead. Leadoff hitter Craig Cooper hit an opposite-field home run to right field to start the rally, and Danny Dressman and Matt Bransfield added RBI singles before Monell worked his way out of the inning.
After a scoreless second, St. John's plated four more runs on five hits in the top of the third to regain the lead at 6-3. Grantham, DeLuca and Joachim all singled to start the inning, and Grantham came around to score on Joachim's base hit into right-center field. Chris Anninos scored two runs with a flare single down the right field line, and Ken Devenney followed up a long double by Eddie Schultz with an RBI groundout to shortstop Greg Lopez.
Notre Dame struck back in a big way in the fourth inning, scoring eight runs - the most by a St. John's opponent in an inning this season - to go up by an 11-6 margin. The Irish had six hits and capitalized on two St. John's errors in the inning, with Bransfield, Sean Gaston and Lopez recording RBI base hits.
St. John's cut into the Fighting Irish lead in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Vogl. Devenney reached base and advanced to second on a fielding error by the Irish shortstop Lopez, before scoring from third on Vogl's singled into center field.
Notre Dame added two more in the bottom of the sixth and maintained its lead the rest of the way to sweep the doubleheader by scores of 9-2 and 13-7.
The teams wrap up the three-game series on Saturday at noon, with St. John's lefthander Scott Barnes (1-1, 4.31 ERA) to face Notre Dame righthander Jeff Manship (4-1, 1.96 ERA) in the probable pitching matchup.