April 17, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Four players had multi-RBI games as St. John's blasted three home runs, including two as part of a six-run third inning, and cruised to a 17-2 win against Princeton. Danny Bethea finished 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Dan Roland was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI to lead St. John's (16-22). Jimmy Brennan finished 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI and Zach Lauricella went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Alex Katz (1-1) allowed one run in 3.1 innings of relief for the win. Bobby Geren went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Princeton (11-22), while Tyler Foote (1-3) allowed nine runs in 2.2 innings in the losing effort.
St. John's took the lead for good with a three-run first after Pat Talbut set the table with a leadoff walk. Roland then reached on a bunt single, but a throwing error left the Red Storm with runners on the corners. A passed ball allowed Talbut to score before Martin Kelly was plunked and Frank Schwindel reached on a fielder's choice, but an error on the play allowed another run to score. Sean O'Hare followed with a two-out RBI single to make it a 3-0 game.
The Red Storm then used a pair of home runs to plate six more runs in the third inning. After Lauricella lifted a one-out solo home run down the left field line, O'Hare and Bret Dennis drew back-to-back walks before Bethea grounded an RBI single through the left side. Dennis later scored on a wild pitch before Talbut blooped an RBI double inside the right field line. Roland then launched a two-run blast to right field to give St. John's a 9-0 advantage.
St. John's loaded the bases with one out in the fourth to tack on two more runs. After a leadoff double by Schwindel, back-to-back one-out walks to O'Hare and Dennis loaded the bases. Bethea then lined an RBI single up the middle before Dustin Breshears made it 11-0 with an RBI single into center.
Princeton got on the board with a run in the fifth on an RBI single from Danny Hoy to make it an 11-1 ballgame.
The Red Storm answered with a two-run fifth as Kelly led off with a single before a Kyle Lombardo double gave St. John's runners on second and third with no outs. Lauricella followed with an RBI groundout before Bethea added a two-out RBI single into left center to put the Red Storm up by a 13-1 margin.
The long ball gave St. John's a 14-1 lead in the sixth as Brennan homered to right field.
A leadoff single by pinch hitter Ty Blankmeyer set up a three-run seventh inning, the fifth-straight inning with at least one run. Joe Burns was then plunked before Breshears reached on a fielder's choice, but an errant throw into center field allowed Burns to reach second safely as Blankmeyer scored. After Breshears was erased when Alex Caruso reached on a fielder's choice, Brennan grounded an RBI single through the right side before a Kelly RBI groundout made it 17-1.
The Tigers took advantage of a leadoff walk to add a run in the eighth on a Geren RBI single.
St. John's returns to action and opens a three-game series against No. 8 Louisville at 6 p.m. on April 19.