St. John’s Defeats Villanova, 5-2, To Clinch Series Win|
April 17, 2016
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - St. John’s took the lead with a two-run sixth inning and Thomas Hackimer retired all eight batters faced to close out a 5-2 series-clinching victory against Villanova. Alex Caruso went 1-for-4 with two runs scored to help lead St. John’s (19-13-1, 4-2), while Michael Donadio and Troy Dixon each finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Kevin Magee (1-1) had six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of two-run ball for the victory.
Emmanuel Morris and Todd Czinege were both 1-for-4 with an RBI to pace Villanova (14-21, 3-3). Ryan Doty (1-3) took the loss after allowing three runs, one earned, in 6.0 innings.
St. John’s took advantage of a dropped third strike and an error to grab a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Jamie Galazin set the table with a one-out bloop double that landed just inside the right field line. Donadio then struck out, but a passed ball combined with an errant throw by the catcher allowed Donadio to reach second as Galazin scored.
Villanova was held without a hit through the first two frames, but used three singles to tie the game with a run in the third. David Gulati singled with one out in the inning and took second on a balk before Morris tied the game with a two-out RBI single into right. Czinege then gave Villanova a 2-1 lead with an RBI single to right, but was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Doty, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 innings in the second and third, and retired 11-straight before allowing a two-out single to Josh Shaw in the fourth.
St. John’s again benefitted from an error and retook the lead with two runs in the sixth. A Caruso single led off the frame before a sacrifice bunt gave the Red Storm a runner on second with one out. Donadio then reached on a throwing error and took second as Caruso scored the tying run. Dixon followed with an RBI single and St. John’s led 3-2.
Magee was lifted after a strikeout to open the bottom of the sixth and Kevin Torres quickly retired his first two batters to send the game to the seventh.
Villanova threatened in the seventh, but stranded runners on second and third. Kevin Jewitt led off with a single and St. John’s went to the bullpen. Joe Napolitano entered and walked Donovan May before a sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third. The Red Storm then brought in Hackimer, who ended the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.
St. John’s manufactured an insurance run in the eighth after Caruso drew a leadoff walk to set the table. Galazin moved Caruso to second with a sacrifice bunt before a Donadio RBI single made it a 4-2 ballgame.
Hackimer had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth before St. John’s tacked on another insurance run in the ninth. A one-out walk to Jesse Berardi started things before Gui Gingras singled into left field. Anthony Brocato then grounded an RBI single through the left side as the Red Storm extended its lead to 5-2.
Hackimer added a 1-2-3 ninth to register his fifth save of the season.
St. John’s now returns home and hosts Saint Peter’s at 3 p.m. on April 19 (ESPN3).