May 11, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - James Lomangino matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts en route to tossing his first-career complete game as St. John's defeated Notre Dame, 4-1, in game one of a scheduled doubleheader. Jimmy Brennan went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead St. John's (21-30, 8-11), while Frank Schwindel and Sean O'Hare each added 2-for-3 days at the plate. Lomangino (2-4), who allowed one run on five hits, worked six 1-2-3 innings and had stretches of both 10-straight and eight-straight retired batters on the day. Trey Mancini went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Notre Dame (28-20, 8-11), while Adam Norton (9-3) took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, in 7.0 innings of work.
The teams were scoreless through four innings when play was halted in game two.
A two-out rally in the first inning of game one led to the only Notre Dame run of the contest. After Lomangino quickly retired the first two batters, Eric Jagielo doubled to center field before Mancini gave the Irish a 1-0 lead with an RBI double to right center.
Notre Dame loaded the bases with one out in the third inning, but Lomangino escaped unscathed. Frank DeSico and Zak Kutsulis put together back-to-back one-out singles before a walk to Jagielo loaded the bases. Lomangino, however, induced an infield pop up before getting an inning-ending groundout to keep the Fighting Irish off the board.
St. John's then took advantage of an error to take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Brennan reached base and advanced to second on a dropped fly ball before a Bret Dennis sacrifice bunt gave the Red Storm a runner at third with one out. Pat Talbut followed with an RBI single into shallow right field before taking second on a groundout. Zach Lauricella then grounded a two-out RBI single through the left side to give the Red Storm a 2-0 advantage.
Lomangino had a pair of strikeouts, his fifth and sixth of the day, as part of a 1-2-3 fourth inning.
The Red Storm added a run in the bottom of the fourth after each of the first two batters reached base. Sean O'Hare was plunked to start the frame before Kyle Lombardo doubled to set up runners on second and third. Brennan then made it a 3-1 ballgame with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Following another 1-2-3 frame from Lomangino, the St. John's offense scored for the third-straight inning with a run in the bottom of the fifth. A Martin Kelly leadoff single set the table before Schwindel was plunked with one out. Danny Bethea followed with an RBI double into right center and the Red Storm led 4-1.
A walk to open the sixth ended a stretch of eight-straight retired by Lomangino, but the righty induced a 6-4-3 double play and got a strikeout to end the inning.
Lomangino followed with a 1-2-3 seventh inning before adding his ninth strikeout as part of a 1-2-3 eighth. The righty eventually retired 10-straight batters after two quick outs in the ninth before Ryan Bull kept Notre Dame alive with a two-out double. Lomangino, however, struck out pinch hitter Mac Hudgins to end the game with his 10th strikeout.
Notre Dame threatened in the first inning game two as DeSico reached on an error before Jagielo drew a two-out walk, but Sean Hagan rolled a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
St. John's also threatened in the bottom of the first inning as Kelly reached on catcher's interference with one out before Lauricella doubled to give the Red Storm runners on second and third. Pat Connaughton, however, escaped with a strikeout and a groundout.
After a 1-2-3 second inning, Hagan worked around a one-out single in the third before adding a 1-2-3 fourth frame.
St. John's threatened again in the fourth as Bethea drew a one-out walk and Lombardo took a two-out walk, but a fielder's choice ended the inning.
The teams then cleared the field because of lightning in between innings. Torrential rains followed and the game was halted.
St. John's and Notre Dame will resume the halted game at 10:30 a.m. on May 12 before taking the field for a 1 p.m. series-finale as originally scheduled. The finale will air on CBS Sports Network.