Seton Hall Blanks No. 11 St. John's, 7-0|
April 29, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - Behind a stellar effort on the mound from sophomore Cullen Dana, Seton Hall kept No. 11 St. John's off the board for the first time this season, as the Pirates downed the Johnnies, 7-0, at Jack Kaiser Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Dana tossed seven scoreless innings for the Pirates (23-17, 6-5), scattering four hits and a walk while punching out eight St. John's batters.
Michael Donadio tallied the lone extra-base hit of the contest for the Johnnies (30-7, 5-3 BIG EAST), belting a double to left field in the bottom of the sixth. The hit marked the 242nd of his St. John's tenure, tying him for sixth on the program's all-time hits list with Doug Latrenta (1977-80).
Despite picking up the loss, Jeff Belge proved nearly untouchable over the first five innings of Saturday's contest, surrendering just one hit and a walk while striking out six.
The Pirates broke through in the top of the sixth, as Matt Fortin and Matt Toke combined to drive in three runs and give Seton Hall a 3-0 lead after five and a half.
Seton Hall added another tally in the seven before tacking on three additional runs in the top of the ninth, handing the Red Storm its worst loss of the season in terms of run differential.
The Red Storm loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Seton Hall worked its way out of the jam and escaped with the victory.
St. John's and Seton Hall will meet in a rubber match tomorrow afternoon, squaring off at 1 p.m. at Jack Kaiser Stadium.