April 14, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. -
Frank Schwindel had a career-high six RBI as part of his second-career five-hit day and the St. John's offense backed 8.0 innings of one-run ball from Ryan Horstman by scoring in seven innings and putting together its first 20-run performance since 2011 with a 20-1 win against Georgetown. Schwindel finished 5-for-6 with a double and a home run, while Zach Lauricella was 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead St. John's (15-21, 5-7). Horstman (5-4) allowed one run, unearned, and had seven strikeouts to earn the win. Nick Collins went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Georgetown (20-13, 4-5), while Matt Hollenbeck (1-4) took the loss after allowing two runs in just 1.0 inning of work.
After Hollenbeck retired the leadoff batter in the first inning, the next six-straight batters reached base as St. John's took a 2-0 lead. Dan Roland was plunked with one out before Lauricella reached on an infield single and Schwindel followed with an RBI single through the right side. Sean O'Hare then reached on a fielder's choice as Schwindel was erased, but an errant throw to first allowed another run to come home. Bret Dennis then reached on an infield single before Danny Bethea walked to load the bases with two outs, but Hollenbeck escaped further damage with a fly out.
St. John's took advantage of an error to open up a three-run third frame. Lauricella reached on an error to lead off the inning before Schwindel lifted an RBI double off the wall in left center. O'Hare was then plunked before a Dennis sacrifice bunt gave the Red Storm runners on second and third. Bethea followed with a two-run single up the middle and the Red Storm led 5-0.
Horstman, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 inning in the first and second frames and retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a two-out single in the third.
The Red Storm then used the long ball to add two more runs in the fourth. After Roland was plunked, Lauricella crushed a two-run home run to left center to give St. John's a 7-0 lead.
Georgetown answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth as the first three batters reached base in the frame. Danny Poplawski lined a lead off single into right before an error gave the Hoyas runners on first and second and Nick Collins mad it 7-1 with an RBI single. Dustin Breshears then snared a liner at short and doubled off Justin Leeson at second base before Paul Bello lined a single into right, but Lauricella threw out Collins at third to end the inning.
St. John's added a run in the fifth to score for the third-straight inning. Bethea blooped a single into right to lead off the inning, but was erased as Georgetown retired the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Jamal Clarke. Martin Kelly followed with an RBI double to the wall in right field to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
The Red Storm tacked on one more run in the sixth as Lauricella ripped a leadoff double inside the third base bag before Schwindel chopped an RBI single through the right side to put St. John's up by a 9-1 score.
St. John's then loaded the bases twice with no outs as part of a five-run seventh inning. Clarke reached on an error to lead off the seventh before Breshears laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached safely on a throwing error. Kelly was then plunked to load the bases with no outs before pinch hitter Jimmy Brennan grounded a two-run single up the middle. Lauricella followed with an RBI single through the left side before Schwindel grounded a single up the middle to reload the bases with no outs. O'Hare followed with an RBI fielder's choice and Dennis added an RBI groundout as the Red Storm took a 14-1 lead.
The Red Storm loaded the bases with no outs again as part of a six-run eighth. Clarke and pinch-hitter Kyle Lombardo led off with back-to-back singles before a walk to Kelly loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Pat Talbut then walked to force in a run before Lauricella reached on an error as two runs came home. Schwindel then launched a three-run home run to left field to give St. John's a 20-1 advantage.
Horstman worked 1-2-3 innings in both the seventh and eighth frames and retired the final eight batters he faced before giving way to Joey Graziano, who had two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth for the Red Storm.
St. John's returns to action and opens a five-game homestand with a 3 p.m. game against Albany on April 16.