SERIES SWEEP: St. John's Rallies To Defeat Georgetown, 5-4|
May 3, 2015
BETHESDA, Md. - A pair of home runs highlighted a three-run seventh and a Jesse Berardi sacrifice fly in the eighth plated what proved to be the game-winning run as St. John's scored four unanswered runs to erase a 4-1 deficit and complete a series sweep of Georgetown with a 5-4 victory. Michael Donadio went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Tyler Sanchez finished 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run to lead St. John's (28-14, 11-3). Chris Kalica (4-2) earned the win with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief. Jake Kuzbel had two RBI and Michael Derenzi was 3-for-4 to pace Georgetown (22-22, 5-7). Kevin Superko took the no-decision for the Hoyas after allowing one run in 6.0 innings.
St. John's loaded the bases with one out and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third. Sanchez started things with a one-out double inside the third base bag before Alex Caruso walked and Robert Wayman loaded the bases with a single through the right side. Donadio then put the Red Storm on the board with a sacrifice fly to the wall in right center.
Georgetown, however, loaded the bases with no outs and chased Joey Christopher as part of a three-run third. After Derenzi led off the inning with a bunt single, Ryan Busch worked a walk and Charlie Dillon grounded a single through the left side to load the bases. St. John's went to the bullpen in favor of Alex Katz and Nick Collins tied the game with an RBI groundout. An intentional walk reloaded the bases before Kuzbel made it a 3-1 ballgame with a two-run double into the left field corner.
The Hoyas added a run in the fourth after loading the bases with one out. A leadoff walk set the table before a single and a one-out walk loaded the bases. A two-out balk then forced home a run and gave Georgetown a 4-1 lead.
After Kalica tossed 1-2-3 frames in the fifth and sixth, St. John's used a pair of home runs to tie the game with three runs in the seventh against the Georgetown bullpen. Sanchez greeted reliever Simon Mathews with a solo blast to left to lead off the inning. Wayman was then plunked before Donadio launched a two-run home run to right center to tie the game at 4-4. A Zach Lauricella double and a walk to Robbie Knightes sent the Hoyas to the bullpen, but Curtiss Pomeroy (0-1) ended the inning with a pair of flyouts.
Following a 1-2-3 seventh from Kalica, St. John's retook the lead with a run in the eighth. Troy Dixon started things with a leadoff single into left center before pinch runner Ty Blankmeyer took second on a wild pitch. After Caruso singled into center, Georgetown made a pitching change and pinch hitter Berardi gave the Red Storm a 5-4 advantage with a sacrifice fly into right field.
Georgetown threatened, but stranded a pair of runners in the eighth. Kalica retired the leadoff man to set down his 10th-straight batter, but was lifted after a single up the middle. Matt Clancy entered and got a fielder's choice before allowing a single to center. Thomas Hackimer then came on and ended the inning with a flyout.
Hackimer quickly retired the first two batters in the ninth before a single extended the inning and a walk gave the Hoyas runners on first and second. Hackimer, however, got a game-ending fielder's choice to secure his 10th save of the season.
St. John's returns to Kaiser Stadium and hosts Albany on May 5 for a 6 p.m. game on ESPN3.