April 30, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's had three players with multi-hit games and swiped nine bases to defeat Fairfield, 10-5. Danny Bethea, Kyle Lombardo and Ty Blankmeyer had two RBI apiece to lead St. John's (20-26). Ryan McCormick (3-5) allowed two runs, zero earned, in 5.0 innings of work to earn the win. Anthony Hajjar had two RBI to lead Fairfield (12-26), while Tim Duggan (0-2) took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, in 4.0 innings.
A two-out error helped Fairfield take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. McCormick retired the first two batters before Ryan Plourde reached on an error and Hajjar followed with an RBI double into right center.
St. John's answered with a run in the bottom of the first to level the score. After Dan Roland was plunked, back-to-back walks to Dustin Breshears and Zach Lauricella loaded the bases with no outs. Bethea then lifted a sacrifice fly into center and all three runners tagged up, but Lauricella was thrown out at second and another flyout limited the Red Storm to just the one run.
The Red Storm took the lead for good, however, with a run in the second. After Jamal Clarke reached base and advanced to second on a two-out error, Blankmeyer lined an RBI single into right center to give St. John's a 2-1 lead.
McCormick, meanwhile, worked a 1-2-3 second inning and retired six-straight before allowing a two-out single in the third.
A two-out double by Clarke set the table for another run in the fourth as Blankmeyer followed with another RBI single into right center to make it a 3-1 ballgame.
The Stags then took advantage of a leadoff double in the top of the fifth to get a run back. Dean Sadik doubled inside the third base bag to set the table before advancing to third on an errant cutoff throw. Alex Witkus followed with an RBI groundout and the Stags trailed 3-2.
The first three batters reached base for the Red Storm as part of a three-run fifth. Breshears reached on an error to open the frame before Lauricella doubled to right center to give St. John's runners on second and third. Bethea followed with an RBI single into left center and stole second before Frank Schwindel lifted a sacrifice fly into center. Lombardo then made it 6-2 with an RBI single before Martin Kelly followed with a single into right, but Lombardo was thrown out at home.
St. John's went to the bullpen in the sixth and Fairfield loaded the bases with one out against Jerome Werniuk. The Red Storm went back to the bullpen and Joey Christopher induced a grounder for an RBI fielder's choice that made it 6-3.
A leadoff walk to Bethea set the table for two more runs in the seventh. Schwindel followed with a double to the wall in left before Lombardo added an RBI single up the middle. Kelly was then plunked before Bret Dennis made it 8-3 with a sacrifice fly into right field.
The Red Storm added two more runs in the eighth as Breshears singled and stole second to lead off the inning. After Bethea singled to set up runners on the corners, a passed ball allowed Breshears to score. Schwindel then walked and Lombardo singled to load the bases before Jimmy Brennan made it 10-3 with an RBI groundout.
Fairfield took advantage of a leadoff walk in the ninth and loaded the bases as part of a two-run ninth. Anthony Cervone walked the first two batters before Sal Ciccone grounded an RBI single up the middle. Cervone retired the next two batters before a walk reloaded the bases and a hit batsman forced in a run. Thomas Hackimer then entered with the bases loaded and retired the first batter he faced to record his eighth save.
St. John's returns to action with a 6 p.m. Senior Day game against Iona on May 1.