No. 13 St. John's Blanks Fairleigh Dickinson, 9-0|
April 22, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Led by yet another stellar pitching performance from freshman Sean Mooney, No. 13 St. John's won its sixth contest in a row with a 9-0 blanking of Fairleigh Dickinson on a rainy afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium.
Mooney tossed the latest in a long line of jaw-dropping outings to begin his collegiate career, throwing eight innings of scoreless ball, scattering just two hits and a walk while striking out five over the course of 91 pitches. The rookie from Marmora, N.J., improved to 4-0 in just seven career starts, lowering his ERA to 1.04 on the campaign. In seven starts, Mooney has gone eight or more innings in four of those outings with only one effort of fewer than seven frames. It should be noted that the lone outing in which he did not reach the seven-inning plateau came in his first career start at Liberty on March 10, a performance in which he still managed to strike out 10 in just five frames.
Jesse Berardi paced the Red Storm (28-5, 4-2) at the plate once again, recording three RBIs and bumping his team-leading total in that category to 37. Berardi has now tallied three or more RBIs in a game five times this season with 11 multi-RBI outings overall.
Troy Dixon also registered a multi-RBI game for the Red Storm, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs.
Robbie Knightes went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in three plate appearances, while classmate Michael Donadio bumped his career hit total to 236 with a 2-for-3 outing. The senior from Mount Sinai, N.Y., who now sits just one base knock away from tying Joe Panik for eighth on the program's all-time hits list, also scored a pair of runs on the afternoon.
After tossing a scoreless ninth inning, Joe Kelly lowered his team-best ERA to 0.63 on the season.
Following a seven-pitch first inning from Mooney, St. John's plated its first run of the game in the home half, as Donadio recorded an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before coming around to score on a Berardi RBI single through the right side.
After a couple of scoreless frames, the Johnnies pushed across three more runs in the third. Galazin led off the inning with a walk before stealing second and advancing to third on a Donadio flyout to right. Next up was Berardi, who hit a groundball to the right side that resulted in an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Galazin and bumping the Red Storm lead to 2-0. With Berardi on first, Valente stepped to the plate and laid a bunt single down the third base line before a throwing error by the third baseman allowed both runners to advance 90 feet. With runners now on second and third, Dixon smacked a two-RBI single to left, putting the Johnnies ahead 4-0 after three.
The Red Storm added runs in the fourth and fifth innings, as Galazin belted a sac fly to center in the fourth followed by a Knightes RBI single to left center in the fifth, giving the Johnnies a 6-0 advantage after five.
Valente brought home another run for the Red Storm in sixth, scoring Donadio from third on a sac fly after the senior left fielder led off the frame with a triple to the wall in right.
Following a scoreless seventh inning-- one of only two frames in the game during which the Red Storm failed to plate a run--the Johnnies brought across their final two tallies of the contest in the eighth. With Jordan Gillerman on first following a leadoff walk, Buckley stepped to the plate and ribbed a double down the left field line, putting runners on second and third for Berardi. After the Commack, N.Y., native brought home his third run of the day with a grounder to the right side, McDermott rocketed a ball off the third baseman for an RBI infield single, pushing the advantage to nine heading into the ninth.
St. John's and Fairleigh Dickinson will close out their two-game set tomorrow afternoon, squaring off at 1 p.m. at Jack Kaiser Stadium.