April 23, 2014
NORWICH, Conn. -
St. John's broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the eighth before adding an insurance run in the ninth to defeat Boston College, 4-2, at Dodd Stadium. Jarred Mederos went 3-for-5, while Matt Harris finished 1-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season to lead St. John's (24-14). Thomas Hackimer (1-0) had three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Gabriel Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored to pace Boston College (14-27).
St. John's threatened in the first as Alex Caruso singled, Robert Wayman walked and Michael Donadio singled to load the bases with no outs, but Justin Dunn retired the next three batters to keep the Red Storm off the board.
Boston College also threatened in its half of the first as back-to-back singles opened the inning, but Alex Katz stranded runners on the corners and kept the game scoreless.
A two-out solo home run highlighted a two-run frame as the Red Storm took the lead in the third. Caruso led off with a single, but was thrown out at second trying to advance on a wild pith. Wayman restarted things with a single into right field and advanced to second on a wild pitch before taking third on a balk. Donadio followed with an RBI groundout and Harris launched a solo blast to right as the Red Storm took a 2-0 lead.
Boston College chased Katz and plated a run in the fifth. Katz retired the first batter of the inning, but was lifted after a walk to Hernandez. Matt Hennie entered the ballgame and walked Blake Butera before a double steal gave the Eagles runners on second and third. Joe Cronin then rolled a grounder to third and reached on a fielder's choice as St. John's went home on the play, but the ball was ruled to have come loose and the run scored.
St. John's could not take advantage of a leadoff single in the sixth and stranded runners on the corners. Mederos led off with a bloop single into shallow right field before advancing all the way to third on a Troy Dixon
sacrifice bunt. Robbie Knightes
followed with a two-out walk, but a foul pop up ended the inning.
Boston College tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. Shawn Heide entered the game and walked Hernandez to lead off the inning before plunking Butera to force a pitching change. Hackimer entered and struck out his first batter, but a wild pitch on strike three allowed both runners to move up. Chris Shaw followed with an RBI groundout to tie the game.
The Red Storm took advantage of a two-out error to get the run back and take a 3-2 lead in the eighth. Mederos led off the frame with a single into right field before Knightes extended the inning with a two-out walk. Tyler Sanchez then reached on a throwing error on a check-swing grounder and Mederos came around to score from second.
Boston College loaded the bases with two outs against Hackimer in the eighth, but Joe Kuzia entered and needed just one pitch to end the inning with a flyout.
St. John's added an insurance run in the ninth to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Wayman led off the inning with a single and stole second with one out. Mederos then reached on an infield single, but an errant throw to first allowed Wayman to score from second on the play.
Kuzia worked around a pair of singles in a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.
St. John's returns home and opens a three-game BIG EAST series against Georgetown at 6 p.m. on April 26.