WALK-OFF HR: Mederos Three-Run Blast Leads St. John's Past Albany, 8-7|
May 5, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - With St. John's trailing by two in the bottom of the ninth, Jarred Mederos launched a three-run, walk-off home run as the Red Storm completed its comeback from a five-run first-inning deficit and defeated Albany, 8-7. Mederos finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored to lead St. John's (29-14), while Bret Dennis and Tyler Sanchez each finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Thomas Hackimer (2-0) got the final two outs in the ninth to earn the win. Matt Hinchy and Karson Canaday had two RBI apiece for Albany (13-23). Sam DeCelle (0-2) took the loss after allowing three runs in 0.1 innings.
Albany sent nine men to the plate in the top of first and grabbed a 5-0 lead. Hinchy put the Great Danes on the board with a two-run single before Brendan Behan added a sacrifice fly and Canady had a two-run double.
St. John's used four singles to get on the board with a pair of runs in the second. Zach Lauricella led off the inning with a single before a one-out single from Mederos set up runners on the corners. Dennis and Sanchez followed with back-to-back RBI singles as the Red Storm cut its deficit to 5-2.
The Great Danes extended their lead to 6-2 with an unearned run in the third.
St. John's plated two runs in the fourth after opening the inning with back-to-back singles. Mederos led off with a single, but reached second on an error in the outfield. Dennis followed with an infield single up the third baseline, but an errant throw allowed Mederos to take third. Jesse Berardi then lifted a sacrifice fly into left field before John Valente made it a 6-4 ballgame with an RBI single.
After Albany extended its lead to 7-4 in the top of the sixth, St. John's got the run right back in the bottom of the frame. A one-out walk to Sanchez got things started before a passed ball gave the Red Storm a runner on second. Alex Caruso followed with an RBI single into right center and St. John's trailed by a 7-5 margin.
Albany threatened to extend its lead in the ninth, but Hackimer came on to strand two runners. Jamie Galazin, who recorded the final two outs in the eighth, was lifted after a one-out single followed by a walk. Hackimer entered and got a fielder's choice and an inning-ending strikeout to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
Trailing by two, St. John's plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win in walk-off fashion. Michael Donadio was plunked to start things before Matt Harris lined a single into right field. Mederos then stepped to the plate and blasted a three-run home run to left center to give the Red Storm an 8-7 victory.
St. John's continues its eight-game homestand and opens a three-game BIG EAST series against Xavier on May 8 with a 6 p.m. game on ESPN3.
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