Seven-Run Eighth Helps St. John’s Defeat LIU Brooklyn, 17-7|
April 27, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - In a near four-hour ballgame, four players registered multi-RBI games and six players had multi-hit games as St. John’s used a seven-run eighth to surge past LIU Brooklyn, 17-7.
Josh Shaw finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and Troy Dixon was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John’s (21-16-1). John Valente (3-for-3) and Gui Gingras (1-for-4) added two RBI apiece, while Michael Donadio reached base in all six plate appearances and finished 3-for-3 with three walks and four runs scored. Joe Kelly (2-0) earned the win with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief.
Edward Modica was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run to lead LIU Brooklyn (11-26), while Luis Arias and Brian Lamboy were both 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Mike Kreiger (0-3) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, in 1.2 innings of relief.
LIU Brooklyn used three-straight one-out singles to take the lead with a run in the top of the first. After Lamboy reached on a one-out infield single, Andy Camilo singled through the right side and Harrison Preschel followed with an RBI single through the left side as the Blackbirds took a 1-0 lead.
St. John’s responded to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the second. Valente set the table with a one-out bunt single before Gingras made it a 1-1 ballgame with an RBI double into the right field corner.
The Red Storm took the lead for good with four runs in the third. A one-out walk to Donadio started things before Shaw doubled into right field to set up runners on second and third. Dixon then reached on an error as two runs scored and Jesse Berardi extended the inning with a walk. Valente followed with an RBI single and Anthony Fava added a two-out RBI single as St. John’s went up 5-1.
St. John’s added two more runs in the fourth after Jamie Galazin started things with a leadoff walk. A Donadio single set up runners on the corners before Shaw lifted a sacrifice fly into center. After Donadio took second on an errant pickoff attempt and advanced to third on a wild pitch, a Dixon sacrifice fly gave the Red Storm a 7-1 lead.
LIU Brooklyn scored a pair of runs with a two-out rally in the sixth. Anthony Capo walked with one out and Arias kept the inning going with a two-out single before Lamboy followed with an RBI single. Camilo then reached on a fielder’s choice, but an error on the play allowed a run to score as the Blackbirds pulled to within 7-3.
St. John’s answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mark Venice led off with a single, but was picked off before singles by Donadio and Shaw set up runners on the corners. Dixon followed with an RBI single, but Shaw was then picked off for the second out. Berardi added an RBI triple to the wall in left center and a Valente RBI double inside the right field line gave the Red Storm a 10-3 advantage.
The Blackbirds trimmed the deficit to five runs with a two-run seventh. Tommy Jakubowski and Kyle Ruth led off with back-to-back singles before Capo loaded the bases with a one-out single. Charles Misiano followed with an RBI fielder’s choice and an Arias RBI single made it a 10-5 ballgame.
LIU Brooklyn scored twice more in the eighth to pull to within three runs. Camilo led off the inning with a double and Modica cut the St. John’s lead to 10-7 with a two-run home run. Luis Rios then doubled and the next two batters were retired before the Red Storm went to the bullpen for Thomas Hackimer, who promptly ended the inning with a strikeout.
St. John’s, however, sent 11 men to the plate and put the game out of reach with a seven-run eighth. The Red Storm loaded the bases with no outs before Gingras walked to force in a run. Alex Caruso followed with a one-out RBI single and Venice added an RBI groundout before Donadio walked to reload the bases. Shaw then cleared the bases with a three-run double and Gavin Garay added an RBI single for the final 17-7 margin.
The Blackbirds loaded the bases with one out in the ninth without the benefit of a hit, but Hackimer struck out the side to close out the game.
St. John’s returns to action on April 29, opening a series against No. 6 Louisville with a 6 p.m. game.