McAuliffe Tosses 8.0 Innings As St. John’s Defeats Villanova, 6-1|
April 16, 2016
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Ryan McAuliffe tossed 8.0 innings of one-run ball as St. John’s used a four-run second to even its series against Villanova with a 6-1 victory. McAuliffe (4-0) had two strikeouts and scattered seven hits, while walking none to earn the win. Alex Caruso finished 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead St. John’s (18-13-1, 3-2), while Josh Shaw went 2-for-5 with a run scored and Mark Venice had an RBI and a run scored as part of a 1-for-3 day.
Emmanuel Morris was 2-for-4 with an RBI double to pace Villanova (14-20, 3-2), while Kagan Richardson (1-4) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, in 3.1 innings of work.
St. John’s took advantage of three errors as part of a four-run second. Shaw reached on an error to lead things off before Gui Gingras worked a one-out walk. A wild pitch advanced both runners before Venice grounded an RBI single through the right side and Robbie Knightes lined an RBI single through the left side. Caruso then laid down an RBI bunt single, but an errant throw left the Red Storm with runners on second and third. After a two-out walk to Jamie Galazin set up runners on the corners, a stolen base attempt resulted in an errant throw and Caruso scored to give the Red Storm a 4-0 lead.
After using a caught stealing to erase a one-out single in the first and getting a double play to erase a leadoff single in the second, McAuliffe worked a 1-2-3 inning in the third to face the minimum through three.
St. John’s got into the bullpen in the fourth, but stranded a pair of runners. Following a leadoff walk to Venice, a one-out walk to Caruso chased Richardson from the game. Zach Lutner, however, came on and retired his first two batters to end the frame.
Villanova then got on the board with a run in the fourth courtesy of back-to-back doubles. After Adam Goss led off the inning with a double, Morris made it a 4-1 ballgame with an RBI double. McAuliffe then retired the next three batters to end the inning.
The Wildcats threatened in the sixth as a leadoff single and a two-out single brought the tying run to the plate, but McAuliffe got out of the inning with a fielder’s choice.
McAuliffe tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and added a 1-2-3 eighth to retire seven-straight to end his outing.
St. John’s added two insurance runs in the ninth after opening the frame with three-straight infield singles. Galazin beat out an infield single to short to lead off the inning before a Michael Donadio sacrifice bunt attempt resulted in a single. A Troy Dixon sacrifice bunt attempt turned into another infield single, but the throw got away from the first baseman and Galazin scored. Donadio then came home on a Shaw double play and the Red Storm led 6-1.
Thomas Hackimer had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game.
St. John’s concludes it series against Villanova with a 1:15 p.m. rubber game on April 17.