Shaw's Career Day Leads No. 11 St. John's to 9-2 Win over Seton Hall|
April 28, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Following a two-week break from league play, the No. 11 St. John's Red Storm added another long-awaited tally in its BIG EAST win column on Friday afternoon against Seton Hall, exploding for eight early runs before cruising to a 9-2 victory at Jack Kaiser Stadium.
Josh Shaw had a career day for the Johnnies (30-6, 5-2), who reached the 30-win plateau for the third time in the last four years and 15th time overall under Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer. The sophomore tallied a career-high five RBIs, hitting a three-RBI double in the first before adding another two-run two-bagger in the third.
Continuing his climb up the St. John's all-time hits chart, Michael Donadio went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Now with 241 career hits, Donadio has claimed sole possession of seventh on the St. John's all-time hits list and is just one away from tying Doug Latrenta (1977-80) for sixth. In addition, the senior from Mount Sinai, N.Y., is just five base knocks away from tying Paul Karmas (2008-11) for second on that ledger.
Freshman right-hander Sean Mooney proved lights out once again for the Johnnies, throwing seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 5-0 on the year. The Marmora, N.J., native struck out six and scattered five hits over 120 pitches. In eight starts this season dating back to March 10, Mooney has thrown seven innings or more in all but one outing. The one game in which he did not make it through seven was his first collegiate start, when he struck out 10 batters in five frames at Liberty.
The Red Storm got on the board early and often on Friday, plating three runs in the bottom of the first to take a quick lead. Donadio and Jesse Berardi kicked off the rally with one-out singles before John Valente drew a four-pitch walk to load the bags for Shaw. The sophomore ripped a hanging 2-1 breaking ball down the line in left, clearing the bases and putting the Johnnies up 3-0.
Following another 1-2-3 frame from Mooney in the top of the second, the Johnnies pushed their lead to four in the home half, Brocato singled to start the inning before coming around to score on a Donadio groundout a few batters later.
The Red Storm doubled its lead in the home half of the third, as Valente led off the inning with a single up the middle before Dixon and Shaw hit back-to-back doubles, the latter of which scored both runners and put the Johnnies ahead 6-0. Shaw later came around to score on an error by the third baseman before Donadio belted an RBI double to right center, putting the Johnnies on top by eight after three full innings.
Seton Hall (22-17, 5-5) pushed across its first run in the top of the fourth, but the Red Storm responded a few innings later as Dixon smacked an RBI single to right center in the eighth, scoring Donadio and increasing the lead back to eight, 9-1.
The Pirates tacked on another run in the ninth, but Joe Kelly worked his way out of the inning to close out the game and secure the victory for St. John's.
The Red Storm and the Pirates return to action tomorrow afternoon, facing off at 1 p.m. at Jack Kaiser Stadium.
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