Zach Lauricella had a solo home run and two RBI as part of a 3-for-5 game.
April 25, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. -
A game that began with James Lomangino taking a no-hit bid into the seventh quickly changed as Georgetown broke up the bid and took the lead with a five-run seventh before St. John's rallied back to notch a 7-6 victory. Zach Lauricella finished 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBI, while Matt Harris went 2-for-5 with an RBI to lead St. John's (25-14, 5-2). Lomangino allowed just two hits, but walked four and ended up allowing five runs, four earned, in a no-decision. Steve Anderson went 1-for-3 with three RBI to pace Georgetown (15-23, 1-9). Tim Davis (0-3) allowed two runs in 2.0 innings to take the loss in relief of Matt Smith, who surrendered five runs, one earned, in 5.2 innings.
After Lomangino needed just eight pitches to work a 1-2-3 first inning, St. John's rallied with two outs to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Smith quickly retired the first two batters before a walk to Robert Wayman extended the inning. A Harris single gave the Red Storm runners on the corners before a walk to Jarred Mederos loaded the bases. Michael Donadio then drew the third walk of the inning to force in a run and give the Red Storm the early lead.
Following another 1-2-3 inning from Lomangino, the Red Storm took advantage of a two-out error to plate a run in the bottom of the second. Robbie Knightes led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a Tyler Sanchez sacrifice bunt before taking third on a groundout. Bret Dennis then reached on an error as Knightes scored to give St. John's a 2-0 advantage.
Lomangino went on to retire the first seven batters of the ballgame before issuing a one-out walk in the fourth. The righty got out of the inning, however, with a pair of flyouts.
A pair of strikeouts highlighted a 1-2-3 fourth for Lomangino and the righty worked around a one-out error in the fifth to keep the Hoyas out of the hit column through five frames.
St. John's added an unearned run in the fifth as Ty Blankmeyer set the table with a one-out single, but reached second on a misplay in the outfield. Lauricella followed with a two-out RBI single into center and the Red Storm led 3-0.
The Hoyas took advantage of two errors to get on the board without the benefit of a hit in the sixth. Ryan Busch reached on an error with one out to get things started before Eric Webber walked and Nick Collins reached on an error to load the bases. Steve Anderson then lifted a sacrifice into right field to make it a 3-1 ballgame before Lomangino ended the inning by picking off Collins at first.
The Red Storm answered with two runs in the sixth after Sanchez set the table with a leadoff walk. Alex Caruso followed with a sacrifice bunt, but reached safely on an error as Sanchez advanced to third. Dennis walked to load the bases before Wayman grounded into a double play as Sanchez scored from third. Georgetown went to the bullpen and Harris greeted Felix van der Vaart with an RBI single that pushed the St. John's lead to 5-1.
Georgetown, however, broke up the no-hit bid, chased Lomangino, sent 10 men to plate and took the lead with a five-run seventh. AC Carter led off with a single through the left side before Patrick Camporini walked and Joseph Bialkowski grounded an RBI double inside the third base bag. Beau Hall followed with an RBI groundout before a walk to Jake Kuzbel ended the day for Lomangino. Thomas Hackimer (2-0) struck out his first batter before Webber lined an RBI double up the right field line. After a walk to Collins, Anderson lined a two-run single into center and the Hoyas grabbed a 6-5 lead.
St. John's responded immediately and retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Lauricella led off the inning by launching a game-tying solo home run to left field. Knightes and Sanchez followed with back-to-back singles before Caruso advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Denis followed with a sacrifice fly to right and St. John's retook the lead, 7-6.
Joey Christopher retired his only batter in the eighth and Joe Kuzia allowed a runner to reach on an error before retiring the next two batters to end the frame.
Kuzia worked a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game and record his eighth save of the season.
St. John's continues its series against Georgetown with a 1 p.m. first pitch on April 26.