May 3, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's had its home winning-streak snapped at 15 games as Iona used a five-run fourth inning to defeat the Red Storm, 14-4. Matt Wessinger had a home run and two RBI, while Kevin Grove and Josh Daniel had an RBI apiece to pace St. John's (23-17). Anthony Cervone (1-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs, five earned, in 3.2 innings of work. James Beck had five RBI and Michael Chiaravalloti added four to lead Iona (16-26), while Colin Lyall (1-3) allowed four runs in 8.0 innings of work to pick up the win.
A Chiaravalloti RBI single with two outs in the first gave Iona the early 1-0 lead.
St. John's quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead. After Jimmy Brennan drew a lead off walk, Wessinger promptly launched a two-run home run to left field. The Red Storm then loaded the bases with consecutive one-out singles from Jeremy Baltz, Paul Karmas and Robert Case, but Lyall worked out of the jam without allowing another run.
Iona retook the lead with a pair of unearned runs in the second inning. Cervone plunked Dean Dignelli with one out before Eric Capowski reached on an error. Following a double steal and a strikeout, Matthew Kriss lined a two-run single to right center and the Gaels went up 3-2.
A five-run fourth inning gave the Gaels an 8-2 lead. After Cervone plunked the first two batters of the inning, Joe Torres lined an RBI single into right field. A one-out walk set up runners on the corners before a Beck sacrifice fly made it 5-2 and St. John's went to the bullpen. Chiaravalloti greeted reliever Jake Woodward with a two-run double before Joe Smith added an RBI single.
A Beck solo home run in the sixth made it 9-2 before Woodward was lifted in the seventh after loading the bases with no outs. Miguel Valcarcel entered the game and walked the first batter he faced to force in a run, but rebounded with a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Lyall, meanwhile, retired 18-straight Red Storm batters after plunking Baltz to lead off the third inning.
Iona added four more runs in the ninth to go up 14-2 as Beck had a three-run double and Chiaravalloti added an RBI double.
St. John's sent seven men to the plate and chased Lyall in a two-run ninth. Karmas worked a lead off walk before Case was plunked to set up runners on first and second with no outs. Grove then lined an RBI double off the wall in left center and Iona went to the bullpen and brought in Ryan Martin. After Pat Talbut loaded the bases with a bloop single into center field, Daniel made it 14-4 with a sacrifice fly. Martin, however, retired the next two batters to close out the game.
St. John's returns to action at 6 p.m. on May 6, hosting Pittsburgh to open a three-game BIG EAST series.