Harris, Lauricella Combine For Seven RBI As St. John's Defeats Georgetown, 12-4|
April 26, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Matt Harris and Zach Lauricella combined for seven RBI as St. John's used a six-run sixth to surge to a 12-4 win against Georgetown. Harris finished 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBI and two runs scored, while Lauricella went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs to lead St. John's (26-14, 6-2). Bret Dennis scored twice as part of a 3-for-5 day and Robbie Knightes finished with two RBI. Ryan McCormick (6-1) allowed four runs, but battled through 6.0 innings of work to earn the win. Steve Anderson went 1-for-5 with two RBI for Georgetown (15-24, 1-10) and AC Carter finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. David Ellingson (2-4) took the loss after surrendering six runs, five earned, in 5.0 innings of work.
Georgetown worked quickly to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Eric Webber started things with a one-out walk before a Nick Collins single left the Hoyas with runners on the corners. Anderson followed with an RBI fielder's choice before Carter singled and a walk to Patrick Camporini loaded the bases, but McCormick got a groundout to strand the bases loaded.
St. John's sent eight men to plate in the bottom of the inning to answer immediately with a four-run frame. After Alex Caruso led off with a single up the middle, Michael Donadio singled into left field before Harris put the Red Storm on the board with an RBI single into left. Lauricella followed with an RBI single through the left side before a walk to Robert Wayman loaded the bases. Knightes then reached on an RBI fielder's choice, but an error on the play allowed a second run to score as St. John's went up 4-1.
The Red Storm put together a two-out rally to add two runs in the second. Ellingson retired the first two batters before Dennis extended the inning with a single up the middle. Donadio then walked before Harris grounded an RBI single through the right side. Lauricella added an RBI single up the middle as St. John's took a 6-1 lead.
McCormick worked around a leadoff walk in the third with a 3-6-1 double play, but Georgetown made it a 6-2 ballgame with a run in the fourth. Camporini and Joseph Bialkowski set the table with back-to-back one-out singles before Jake Kuzbel lined a two-out RBI single into right field.
Georgetown continued to chip into the St. John's lead and made it 6-4 with a two-run fifth. Collins singled up the middle with one out and advanced on a wild pitch before Anderson lined an RBI double into the right field corner. Carter followed with an RBI single up the middle before a 4-6-3 double play ended the inning.
St. John's broke open the game with a six-run sixth against the Georgetown bullpen. Reliever Max Allen retired the leadoff man before Caruso worked a walk and Dennis doubled into the left field corner. After an intentional walk to Donadio loaded the bases with one out, Harris ripped a two-run single through the right side. Lauricella then reached on an error as Donadio scored from third and a two-out RBI single from Knightes sent the Hoyas back to the bullpen. Felix van der Vaart plunked Tyler Sanchez to load the bases before Troy Dixon was also plunked to force in a run. A walk to Caruso forced in another run and made it a 12-4 ballgame before a lineout ended the inning.
Matt Hennie relieved McCormick in the seventh and had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 frame. Hennie then worked around consecutive one-out singles in a scoreless eighth and struck out the first two batters in the ninth before a two-out single sent the Red Storm to the bullpen. Matt Clancy entered and got the final out to end the game.
St. John's concludes its series against Georgetown with a 1 p.m. first pitch on April 27.