Stashak Tosses 6.1 Scoreless As St. John's Takes Opener From Villanova, 7-3|
April 24, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - Cody Stashak tossed 6.1 scoreless frames as St. John's jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the middle innings and defeated Villanova, 7-3. Alex Caruso finished 4-for-5 with two RBI, Robert Wayman went 2-for-4 and Michael Donadio was 1-for-3 with an RBI double to lead St. John's (23-13, 7-2). Stashak (6-4) allowed four hits to go with two strikeouts and three walks in the winning effort. Todd Czinege had the lone RBI for Villanova (15-21, 3-4), while Hunter Schryver (0-4) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, in 5.0 innings.
Stashak worked a quick 1-2-3 top of the first before St. John's threatened in the bottom of the frame as Wayman singled with one-out before Donadio walked. Schryver, however, used a 4-3 double play to end the inning.
Stashak allowed a one-out single in the second, but bounced back with an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play before Schryver worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame.
St. John's threatened again in the third as Matt Harris led off with a single before a one-out single by Caruso gave the Red Storm runners on the corners. Schryver escaped the jam and the game remained scoreless through three.
After Stashak used a 6-4-3 double play to erase a leadoff walk as part of a scoreless fourth, St. John's could not take advantage of a leadoff single in the fifth and stranded a runner at third.
The game remained scoreless until St. John's plated a pair of runs in the fifth. Tyler Sanchez started things with a one-out walk and took second on a passed ball before Caruso put the Red Storm on the board with an RBI single. Caruso stole second and took third on a wild pitch before Donadio made it a 2-0 ballgame with an RBI double to the gap in right center.
The Red Storm took advantage of an error to extend its lead with three runs in the sixth. Jarred Mederos led off the inning with a single before Troy Dixon was plunked and Villanova went to the bullpen. Zach Lauricella then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on an errant throw as Mederos scored and Dixon advanced to third. After a passed ball brought home Dixon and moved Lauricella to second, Harris walked and a 5-4-3 double play pushed Lauricella to third. Another passed ball plated Lauricella and the Red Storm led 5-0.
Villanova chased Stashak in the seventh, but could not get on the board. A one-out Max Beermann double started things before a walk and an error loaded the bases and sent the Red Storm to the bullpen. Matt Clancy promptly stranded all three runners with an infield popup and an inning-ending strikeout.
The Wildcats, however, loaded the bases with no outs and plated three runs in the eighth. Emmanuel Morris led off with a double before back-to-back walks loaded the bases and chased Clancy from the game. Joe Kuzia entered and a wild pitch put Villanova on the board before Czinege followed with an RBI groundout. A balk plated another run and the Wildcats trailed, 5-3.
St. John's got two runs back in the bottom of the eighth after Lauricella set the table with a leadoff single. Harris then walked before Sanchez advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Caruso followed with an RBI single before Jesse Berardi made it 7-3 with an RBI sacrifice bunt.
Thomas Hackimer worked a scoreless ninth to finish the game.
St. John's continues its series against Villanova on April 25 with a 1 p.m. game on ESPN3.