Four-Run First Sets Tone As St. John’s Cruises Past Iona, 13-3|
May 3, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John’s scored four runs in the first and led by six after just two frames en route to a 13-3 victory against Iona. Michael Donadio finished 2-for-2 with two RBI to lead St. John’s (22-19-1), while Josh Shaw went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. John Valente was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Robbie Knightes went 1-for-4 with two RBI and Alex Caruso finished 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs. Michael LoPresti (2-0) tossed 4.0 innings of one-run ball for the victory.
Lou Matarazzo went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Iona (8-32), while Sean Breen finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and Vinny DeMaria was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jake Kurz (1-4) took the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, in 1.1 innings of work.
St. John’s took the lead for good with a four-run first frame. Caruso started things with a walk before Valente doubled and Donadio followed with an RBI single. Another run scored on a Troy Dixon double play before Shaw and Jesse Berardi extended the frame with back-to-back singles. Knightes then reached on an error as one run scored and an errant throw on a stolen base attempt allowed another run to come home as the Red Storm took a 4-0 lead.
The Red Storm then chased Kurz as part of a two-run second inning. Jamie Galazin led off the frame with a walk and promptly stole second before moving to third on a Caruso sacrifice bunt. Valente and Donadio followed with consecutive RBI singles as St. John’s took a 6-0 lead and forced an Iona pitching change. Jared Finkel came on and retired his first two batters to end the inning.
Iona got on the board with a run in the fourth. Carmine Palummo set the table with a two-out double and Matarazzo made it a 6-1 ballgame with an RBI single.
St. John’s answered immediately with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Caruso led off the inning with a walk and Donadio was plunked before Dixon followed with an RBI ground-rule double. After Shaw added to the lead with an RBI single, Knightes made it a 9-1 ballgame with a sacrifice fly.
The Red Storm manufactured a run in the sixth after Shaw led off with a single. Shaw then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before a Berardi RBI groundout gave St. John’s a 10-1 advantage.
The Gaels plated a pair of runs in the eighth as RBI singles from Matarazzo and DeMaria cut the Red Storm lead to 10-3.
St. John’s plated three more runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final margin. Kyle Cunningham started things with a single, but reached second on an error in the outfield. A groundout moved Cunningham to third before Berardi walked and Knightes lined an RBI double into right center. Berardi scored and Knightes took third on a wild pitch and Anthony Brocato extended the inning with a walk. Galazin then reached on an error as Knightes scored to give the Red Storm a 13-3 lead.
St. John’s continues its four-game homestand on May 6, opening a three-game BIG EAST series against Butler with a 6 p.m. game (ESPN3).