April 15, 2004
Jamaica, N.Y. - Kirt Zimniewicz hit a two-run homerun in the third inning and added a solo shot in the ninth inning, leading the Albany Great Danes to a 5-1 win over St. John's this afternoon. The Red Storm fall to 18-12 overall, while Albany improves to 19-4 on the season.
Albany got on the board early, as an RBI single from Dan Schoonmaker drove in Joe Lamb, who reached base on a walk to open the first inning. With Albany threatening again in the second, St. John's starting pitcher, Anthony Sullivan, got himself out of trouble, when, with bases loaded, he struck out Lamb and ended the inning as Vallone lined out to Mike Rozema at shortstop.
The Great Danes added to the lead in the third when Zimniewicz homered over the rightfield fence, driving in Schoonmaker for the game-winning RBI. With two outs, a single to leftfield by Steve Wyland knocked in Derek DeGrazio from second, giving Albany a 4-0 advantage, before St. John's catcher Joe Burke threw out Wyland on an attempted steal to end the inning.
St. John's threatened in the bottom of the fourth, as Jim Martin and Burke walked, giving St. John's first and second. Martin advanced to third on a fielder's choice, but Ethan Vaiana struck out Ken Devenney to end the Red Storm threat.
Burke's single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning was St. John's first hit of the afternoon.
The Red Storm's only run came when, to lead off the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Anthony DeRosa hit his first homerun of the season in his first at bat of the game, cutting the Albany advantage to 4-1. Chris Joachim was hit by a pitch, but was out at second on a fielder's choice by Ryan Crespi, before Rozema grounded into an inning ending double play.
With Craig Hansen on the mound for the Red Storm, Zimniewicz hit his second homerun of the afternoon to lead off the top of the ninth inning and give Albany a 5-1 lead. Hansen allowed one more hit with no runs in the inning, before Roman Dubiel retired three-straight St. John's batters in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Vaiana improved to 3-0 for Albany, while Sullivan, who struck out four batters in three innings, falls to 2-3 for St. John's. Jim Wladyka, Robert Delaney and Hansen each recorded one strike out in an inning apiece, while Geno Orsogna walked two batters in the sixth inning.
The Red Storm will return to BIG EAST action this weekend at Boston College. The first pitch in the three-game series is scheduled for noon on Saturday.