April 24, 2013
NORWICH, Conn. - Zach Lauricella totaled six RBI and finished a triple shy of the cycle as St. John's won its third-straight game with a 9-5 victory against Boston College. Lauricella went 3-for-5 and had a three-run home run as part of a four-run sixth to lead St. John's (19-23). Danny Bethea was 2-for-5 and Jimmy Brennan finished 2-for-3 for the Red Storm. Joey Christopher (2-1) tossed 1.0 scoreless inning to notch the victory. Stephen Sauter went 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Boston College (6-34), while Matt Alvarez (1-2) allowed four unearned runs in 1.0 inning of relief to take the loss.
Boston College loaded the bases with one out as part of a two-run first inning. After retiring the leadoff batter, starter Ryan McCormick issued a walk before a single and another walk loaded the bases. Sauter then made it 2-0 with a two-run single into right center before McCormick started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.
St. John's answered, however, with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Martin Kelly was plunked to lead off the inning and stole second before Lauricella lined an RBI single into centerfield. Bethea followed with a two-out single up the middle before Kyle Lombardo tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI single into right.
The Eagles retook the lead, 4-2, with two more runs in the top of the second as back-to-back one-out singles set the table for a Blake Butera two-out, two-run triple.
The Red Storm tied the game again with a two-run second as Brennan drew a lead off walk and Ty Blankmeyer was plunked to set the table. Alex Caruso then sent a grounder to first, but reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases as the throw to second base went off the back of Blankmeyer. Lauricella followed with a two-run double into right center to tie the game at 4-4 and send Boston College to the bullpen. Reliever Nick Poore escaped further damage with a shallow fly out and a groundout.
Boston College scored for the third-straight inning with an unearned run against the St. John's bullpen in the third. Sauter greeted reliever Alex Katz with a single, but reached second on a misplay in center and later advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Travis Ferrick followed with an RBI groundout as BC made it a 5-4 ballgame.
After Christopher worked a scoreless frame in the top of the sixth, St. John's took advantage of an error and used the long ball to plate four runs in the bottom of the inning. Sean O'Hare reached second base on a dropped fly ball to open the frame before Brennan laid down a bunt single to quickly set up runners on first and third. A passed ball allowed O'Hare to score, while Brennan took second before a wild pitch and walk to Bret Dennis gave the Red Storm runners on the corners again. Following a pair of strikeouts, Lauricella launched a three-run home run to left field to give the Red Storm an 8-5 lead.
The Red Storm loaded the bases with one out to add a run in the seventh. O'Hare was plunked with one out before Brennan singled up the middle and Dennis loaded the bases with a single into right field. Kelly followed with an RBI groundout and St. John's went up 9-5.
St. John's returns to conference action this weekend and opens a three-game series against No. 25 USF with a 7 p.m. game on April 26.