April 16, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Kyle Lombardo and Pat Talbut both homered for St. John's, but Albany scored in four-straight innings and racked up 14 hits to defeat the Red Storm, 8-6. Lombardo finished 1-for-4 with a solo shot, while Talbut finished 1-for-2 with a three-run blast to lead St. John's (15-22). Martin Kelly was 2-for-4, while Ty Blankmeyer finished with two RBI. Ryan McCormick (2-5) took the loss after allowing three runs in 3.1 innings of work. Nolan Gaige and Greg Muller were each 3-for-5 to lead Albany (14-15-1), while Austin Chase (3-3) allowed one run in 3.0 innings for the win.
Albany threatened in the second inning as the Great Danes had runners on second and third with two outs, but McCormick escaped with a groundout.
St. John's then put the leadoff man on in the bottom of the second inning as Frank Schwindel doubled, but Chase retired the next three batters to keep the Red Storm off the board.
The Great Danes, however, took the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Craig Lepre and Gaige led off with back-to-back singles before a wild pitch set up runners on second and third. Muller then lined an RBI single into right field before a run scored on a Gordon Madej double play ball to make it 2-0.
St. John's responded with a run in the bottom of the frame as Dustin Breshears set the table with a one-out single. Kelly followed with a double inside the third base bag before Blankmeyer lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Albany then chased McCormick and got the run back in the fourth inning. After a leadoff walk to Brian Bullard, Joey Tracy singled to left center before a sacrifice bunt advanced both runners and sent St. John's to the bullpen. Matt Clancy entered and Lepre lifted a sacrifice fly into center as the Great Danes went up by a 3-1 score.
The Red Storm used the long ball to answer again as Lombardo lifted a two-out solo home run to left to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Albany took advantage of an error to plate two unearned runs in the fifth. Muller led off with a single before Madej reached on an error to give the Great Danes runners on first and second. Both runners tagged up on a fly ball before D.J. Hoagboon lifted a sacrifice fly into center and Madej later scored on a wild pitch to put Albany up 5-2.
St. John's once against got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Jamal Clarke reached on an error to lead off the inning, but was erased as Breshears reached on a fielder's choice. Breshears then stole second and took third on a wild pitch before a Blankmeyer RBI groundout made it 5-3.
Albany, however, scored for the fourth-straight inning as a two-out rally led to a two-run sixth. Clancy quickly retired the first two batters before the Great Danes responded with four-straight singles. After singles from Gaige and Muller to start the rally, Madej and Josh Nethaway followed with consecutive RBI singles and Albany took a 7-3 lead.
St. John's loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but could not score. Talbut was plunked to lead off the inning and was erased as Clarke reached on a fielder's choice. Clarke then stole second before Breshears walked and Blankmeyer loaded the bases with a two-out infield single. Zach Lauricella then scorched a liner towards the left side, but it was snared at short to end the inning.
The Red Storm, however, took advantage of a pair of walks and a home run to rally for three runs in the eighth. Schwindel and Sean O'Hare drew back-to-back walks to begin the inning and send Albany to the bullpen. Reliever Ryan Stinar retired the first batter he faced before Talbut launched a three-run home run to left field to pull St. John's to within 7-6.
Following 2.0 scoreless innings from Joey Graziano, Albany grabbed an insurance run in the ninth to go up 8-6. After walking Adam Mund to lead off the inning, Anthony Cervone was lifted in favor of Thomas Hackimer. A sacrifice bunt and a balk moved Mund to third before Hackimer got a strikeout, but Luke Burns followed with an RBI single through the left side.
A leadoff single by Kelly brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Stinar retired the next three batters to end the game.
St. John's returns to action and continues its five-game homestand on April 17 with a 6 p.m. game against Princeton.