St. John's Baseball Stumbles at Home, Fall to Hofstra, 12-4|
May 12, 2004
Queens, N.Y. - Hofstra's Mike Walsh hit a bases-loaded triple in the top of the sixth inning, lifting the Pride to an 12-4 non-league win over St. John's on Wednesday at The Ballpark. The game, played under hazy skies and humid conditions, was delayed by 40 minutes due to a thunderstorm in the New York area.
St. John's falls to 30-17 with the loss, its second non-conference home loss this year, while the Pride improves to 14-33.
The Red Storm had trimmed Hofstra's early five-run lead to 5-3 after five innings, but the Pride tacked on five runs, highlighted by Walsh's triple, to take a commanding 10-3 lead. Freshman reliever Matt Tosoni (Whitby, Ontario), who had been solid in two-plus innings, left after issuing a one-out walk to David Huth. Steve Conley followed with a double off of senior Geno Orsonga (Norfolk, Mass.) and Josh Stewart was intentionally walked to load the bases. After striking out Andrew Campana looking for the second out, Walsh then hit a 3-2 offering from Orsogna to center, where Red Storm sophomore Greg Thomson (Levittown, N.Y.) made a diving attempt, scoring all three runners, and giving the Pride an 8-3 lead. After a walk to Mike Perullo, Steve Oliveri singled to right, scoring two more runs.
Hofstra had jumped on top of the Red Storm in the third, scoring five runs off of Red Storm freshman starter Anthony Sullivan (Arlington, Mass.). Conley reached on an error by St. John's third baseman Jim Martin (Norwood, Mass.) and moved to third when Stewart doubled to center. A single to center from Campana scored the first run, and Walsh followed with a single to right, giving Hofstra a 2-0 lead and sending Sullivan out of the game.
Ricky Caputo greeted Tosoni with a single to right, scoring Campana. Walsh, who moved to third on Caputo's single, scored the fifth run of the inning on Perullo's sacrifice fly to center.
Trailing 5-0, the Red Storm scored a pair of unearned runs in the third off of Hofstra starter Charlie Frago, and then cut the lead to 5-3 in the fourth, but that was as close as it would get.
In the third, Eddie Schultz (Flemington, N.J.) and Thomson each reached on walks, and Martin reached on an error by Pride second baseman Campana, scoring Schultz. Junior P.J. Antoniato (Levittown, N.Y.) then reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Thomson with the second run. In the fourth, Schultz hit an RBI single, scoring Hershelman, who had hit a one-out single, moved to second on Joe Burke's (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and to third on a throwing error.
St. John's had chances early in the game, with Martin hitting a leadoff single in the first, and leaving two runners on in the fourth and fifth innings, but could not muster any offense against Frago, who went 7.2 innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Sullivan went 2.0 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. Tosoni went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Orsogna went one-third of an inning and was charged with four runs on three hits, three walks and one strikeout.
St. John's returns to action on Thursday night, hosting New York Tech at 7 p.m. at The Ballpark. The Red Storm will honor their six graduating seniors in a ceremony prior to the game.