April 18, 2014
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -
Matt Harris and Jarred Mederos each homered and three RBI as the St. John's offense totaled seven extra-base hits in a 17-8 win against NYIT. Harris went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and three RBI, while Mederos finished 3-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and three RBI to lead St. John's (21-14). Robbie Knightes added four RBI as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate. James Lomangino (4-4) had seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Nick Sebastian had a home run and three RBI for NYIT (1-31), while John Duggan (0-5) took the loss after surrendering nine runs, six earned, in 2.0 innings of work.
St. John's sent 10 men to the plate as part of a five-run second frame. Harris beat out an infield single to lead off the inning before moving to second on a Mederos sacrifice bunt. After Michael Donadio reached on catcher's interference, St. John's pulled off a double steal and Zach Lauricella lined an RBI single into shallow center to put the Red Storm on the board. Knightes followed with a two-run double into the right field corner before Tyler Sanchez added an RBI double into the left field corner. A two-out walk to Robert Wayman loaded the bases before a passed ball brought home Sanchez to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
Four-straight hits opened up the third as the Red Storm added four more runs. Mederos led off with a single into center and took second on a wild pitch before Donadio lined an RBI double into the gap in right center. Lauricella followed with a double off the wall in right before Knightes grounded a two-run single up the middle. Sanchez then reached on an error as Knightes came around to score to give St. John's a 9-0 lead.
After issuing a one-out walk in the first, Lomangino responded with 1-2-3 innings in the second and third frames.
The Red Storm used the long ball to take an 11-0 lead with a two-run fourth. Wayman beat out an infield single to third to lead off the frame before Harris launched a two-run blast to right field.
Lomangino eventually retired 10-straight Bears before a two-out walk to Sebastian set the table for a run in the bottom of the fourth. Louis Mele followed with a single before Matt DiBiase made it 11-1 with an RBI double to the wall in right.
Another long ball highlighted a five-run sixth frame in which the Red Storm sent 11 men to the plate. Charlie Ameer led off the inning with a single before Wayman walked and a wild pitch gave the Red Storm runners on second and third. After Harris lifted a sacrifice fly into center, Mederos blasted a two-run home run to right. Donadio followed with a walk before pinch hitter Ty Blankmeyer drew a walk and pinch hitter Troy Dixon was plunked to load the bases. Dan Roland then forced in a run with a walk before a walk to pinch hitter Nick Day forced in another run and gave St. John's a 16-1 lead.
Joey Graziano relieved Lomangino in the sixth and had a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 frame. The righty went on to retire the first six batters he faced before three-straight walks opened up a five-run eighth. After Sebastian lifted a sacrifice fly into left field, a single reloaded the bases before another walk forced in a run and chased Graziano from the ballgame. Matt Clancy retired his first batter, but a wild pitch forced in one run and Gerson Sotolongo followed with a two-run single to make it 16-6.
St. John's tacked on one more run in the ninth as Day walked to lead off the frame before Mederos made it 17-6 with a two-out RBI double into left field.
The Bears added two runs in the bottom of the ninth as Sebastian lifted a two-run home run to left for the final 17-8 margin.
St. John's returns home and concludes its series against NYIT with a noon doubleheader on April 19.