May 13, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Freshman Michael Donadio had a career-high four RBI and Zach Lauricella homered as part of a three-RBI day to lead St. John's past Saint Peter's, 13-4. Donadio finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored, while Lauricella went 2-for-3 for St. John's (33-17). Troy Dixon and Tyler Sanchez added two RBI apiece for the Red Storm, and Joey Graziano (2-3) tossed 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Nick Henriquez went 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace Saint Peter's (11-38).
Saint Peter's needed just four batters to grab an early 2-0 lead in the first. Jon Kristoffersen struck out to lead off the inning, but reached on a wild pitch. After Rob Moore doubled into left field, Henriquez lined a two-run single up the middle before Alex Katz got out of the inning with a 5-4-3 double play ball.
St. John's answered immediately with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Robert Wayman started things off with a one-out single before Lauricella tied the game with a two-run blast to left field. After Matt Harris was plunked and Bret Dennis reached on an error, Donadio gave the Red Storm the lead for good with a two-run triple to the wall in right. Dixon added an RBI groundout and St. John's quickly led 5-2.
The Red Storm added a run in the second after Wayman set the table with a one-out single past the third baseman. Wayman then stole second before Lauricella made it a 6-2 ballgame with an RBI single into center.
The Peacocks chased Katz in the fourth, but were kept off the board. A one-out walk and back-to-back two-out walks loaded the bases and marked the end of the day for Katz, but Graziano induced an inning-ending groundout to strand all three runners.
The score remained 6-2 until the Red Storm plated four runs in the seventh. After Dennis led things off with a one-out ground-rule double, Donadio grounded an RBI single through the right side. Dixon followed with a single through the right side as Donadio went first to third and Sanchez roped a two-run double inside the third base bag. Alex Caruso then beat out an infield single, but a throwing error allowed Sanchez to score and made it a 10-2 ballgame.
Held scoreless by Graziano in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames, the Peacocks plated two unearned runs against Mike Sheppard III in the eighth to climb to within 10-4.
St. John's answered again, however, with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Justin Bard led off with a single into right before a one-out single through the left side by Dennis set up runners on the corners. After Donadio and Robbie Knightes followed with back-to-back RBI singles, Dixon gave the Red Storm a 13-4 lead with an RBI groundout.
St. John's returns to action and concludes regular season play with a three-game series against Seton Hall beginning with a 6:30 p.m. game on May 15 (CBS SN).