Six-Run Fourth Lifts St. John's Past Princeton, 9-1|
April 15, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - Three players registered multi-RBI games and eight pitchers combined on a three-hitter with six strikeouts and zero walks as St. John's used a six-run fourth to defeat Princeton, 9-1. Alex Caruso went 1-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's (20-12), while Matt Harris and Tyler Sanchez added two RBI apiece. Kevin Magee (2-3) earned the win with 2.0 innings of one-run ball. Nick Hernandez finished 2-for-3 and Paul Tupper had the lone RBI for Princeton (6-25), while Tyler Foote (0-2) took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, in 3.1 innings.
After Magee needed just seven pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning, Princeton took the lead with a run in the second. Peter Owens led off with a bunt single before Hernandez blooped a single into center. A sacrifice bunt advanced both runners and Tupper gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly.
St. John's promptly loaded the bases with no outs as part of a three-run bottom of the second. Robbie Knightes was plunked to lead off the inning before Harris lined a single into left and Jarred Mederos reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Troy Dixon then tied the game with an RBI fielder's choice before Sanchez walked to reload the bases. Caruso followed with a two-out, two-run bloop single and the Red Storm led 3-1.
The Red Storm then sent 10 men to the plate and took advantage of an error as part of a six-run fourth frame. After Dixon and Robert Wayman started things with back-to-back one-out singles, Sanchez sent a two-run double to the wall in left center. Caruso followed with a sacrifice fly before Michael Donadio walked and Lauricella lined a single into left field. Knightes then reached on an error as Donadio came around to score before Harris made it a 9-1 ballgame with a two-out, two-run single.
Jamie Galazin worked around a leadoff error and had one strikeout in a scoreless seventh, Joe Kuzia had one strikeout in a 1-2-3 eighth and Kevin Torres struck out two batters to finish the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.
St. John's now travels to Creighton and opens a three-game BIG EAST series on April 17 with a 7 p.m. game on FOX Sports 1.