April 27, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Alex Caruso and Bret Dennis each had four-hit days and a total of seven players finished with multi-hit games as St. John's pounded out a season-high 22 hits to complete a series-sweep of Georgetown with a 15-5 victory. Caruso went 4-for-6 with three runs scored, while Dennis finished 4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs to lead St. John's (27-14, 7-2) to its seventh-straight win. Zach Lauricella was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Robbie Knightes finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and Robert Wayman went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Chris Kalica (6-1) struck out seven and allowed three runs, two earned, in 6.1 innings for the win. Nick Collins went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Jake Kuzbel finished 3-for-4 with one RBI to pace Georgetown (15-25, 1-11).
St. John's sent eight men to the plate to take control of the game early with a four-run first inning. Dennis got things started with a one-out single before Michael Donadio lined an RBI triple into left center. Harris and Lauricella followed with back-to-back RBI doubles before Knightes made it a 4-0 ballgame with a two-out RBI double.
The Red Storm then sent nine men to the plate and tacked on four more runs in the second to take an 8-0 advantage. Caruso set the table with a one-out infield single before Dennis lined a single into right field. Harris followed with a two-out RBI single and a walk to Lauricella loaded the bases. After Wayman added a two-run single to left center, Knightes took a pitch in the back to reload the bases before a wild pitch allowed Lauricella to score.
Kalica, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 innings in the first and second frames to retire the first six batters he faced before issuing a leadoff walk to Joseph Bialkowski in the third. Kuzbel then reached on an error as Bialkowski advanced to third before later scoring on a wild pitch to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
St. John's had its first four batters reach base as part of a three-run fourth frame. Lauricella led off with a bunt single and stole second before taking third on a Wayman single into center. After Knightes followed with a two-run triple to the wall in center, Tyler Sanchez was plunked before Knightes scored on a Ty Blankmeyer double play ball to give the Red Storm an 11-1 lead.
Georgetown chased Kalica and scored a pair of runs in the seventh to make it an 11-3 ballgame. After retiring the leadoff batter, Kalica was chased following back-to-back singles by Kuzbel and Ryan Busch. Shawn Heide entered and walked Beau Hall to load the bases before Collins lined a two-run single into center. Matt Clancy then took the mound and ended the inning with a pair of flyouts.
The Red Storm made it 12-3 with a run in the bottom of the seventh after Caruso led things off with a single into center. Donadio then singled with one out and Lauricella walked to load the bases before Wayman walked to force in a run.
Georgetown plated a pair of unearned runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 12-5.
St. John's tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin. Sanchez led off with a single before Blankmeyer reached on a fielder's choice, but an error allowed Sanchez to reach second safely. Caruso loaded the bases with a single into right field before Dennis grounded an RBI single through the left side and pinch hitter Charlie Ameer followed with an RBI single through the right side. Lauricella then singled on a pop up to shallow right center that scored Caruso from third and gave the Red Storm a 15-5 lead.
Joey Graziano worked a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game and complete the sweep.
St. John's returns to action and continues a five-game homestand on April 29 with a 6 p.m. game against Princeton.