No. 13 St. John's Powers Past NYIT, 13-8|
April 18, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Kicking off a nine-game home stand at Jack Kaiser Stadium, St. John's used a potent offensive attack fueled by eight extra-base hits to move past NYIT, 13-8, on Tuesday afternoon.
Six members of the Red Storm (27-5, 4-2) tallied multi-hit efforts, led by upperclassmen Jesse Berardi and John Valente. Berardi went 3-for-5 with a walk and a pair of RBIs, while Valente fell a home run short of the cycle in a 3-for-4, one-RBI outing.
Gui Gingras recorded his third game of the season with at least three RBIs, going 2-for-5 with a bases-clearing triple in the fourth. Josh Shaw also drove in three runs on the afternoon, belting a pair of doubles in a 2-for-5 showing.
Michael Donadio went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Jamie Galazin and Robert Boselli III each went deep for the Red Storm. Boselli launched a solo shot in the bottom of the second, his third roundtripper of the year, while Galazin left the yard in the fifth, plating the first of six-straight runs to close out the contest for St. John's.
Reaching base in both of his plate appearances, Mark Venice went 1-for-1 with a walk and a pair of runs scored.
Aaron Herr picked up his second win of the season, tossing 1.1 innings of no-hit ball. St. John's committed four errors in an uncharacteristically poor defensive performance, as only one of the Bears eight runs was earned on the afternoon.
St. John's struck first in the opening inning, as Valente smacked an RBI double down the right field line, scoring Donadio from second and giving the Red Storm an early lead.
The Red Storm pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the second, as Boselli launched a solo homer over the left field fence before Donadio doubled and came around to score on a Berardi single up the middle.
NYIT tied the contest at three with a pair of runs in the top of the third and a single tally in the top of the fourth, but the Johnnies responded with four runs in the home half to take a 7-3 lead heading into the fifth. After a Berardi single to left scored Boselli, Valente was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Gingras. The redshirt senior launched a triple over the head of the center fielder, scoring all three base runners and extending the St. John's lead to four.
The Bears answered with a five spot in the top of the fifth, grabbing their first and only lead of the game, 8-7, after four and a half.
Galazin quickly knotted the contest at eight with a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth before the Johnnies added three more in the sixth to regain the advantage. Shaw brought home two of those runs with a double down the left field line and Boselli picked up his second RBI of the day with a single to left.
The Red Storm added two more insurance runs in the eighth, as Shaw's second double of the day scored Venice and a looping Donadio single to left brought home Shaw.
St. John's returns to action on Friday, hosting Fairleigh Dickinson for the first tilt of a three-game set at The Jack. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.