Donadio Slam Caps Six-Run Ninth As St. John’s Rallies Past Seton Hall, 8-3|
May 14, 2016
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Michael Donadio blasted a grand slam to cap a six-run ninth-inning rally as St. John’s erased a 3-2 deficit in its final turn at-bat and leveled its series against Seton Hall with an 8-3 victory.
Donadio finished 2-for-5 with the grand slam to lead St. John’s (25-21-1, 8-6), while John Valente was 1-for-5 with two RBI. Josh Shaw went 2-for-5, and Robbie Knightes (1-for-3) and Anthony Brocato (1-for-2) had an RBI apiece. Thomas Hackimer (6-0) had four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief for the victory.
Zack Weigel was 3-for-5 with a solo home run to pace Seton Hall (33-18, 6-8), while Ryan Ramiz finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Zach Schellenger (4-3) took the loss after allowing six runs in 0.1 innings of work.
Seton Hall threatened with runners on first and second with one out in the first, but Ryan McAuliffe escaped with a pickoff at second and a flyout.
St. John’s then took the lead with a run in the second. Shaw set the table with a leadoff single and swiped second before Knightes gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead with a bloop RBI single into right.
McAuliffe, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 frames in the second and third en route to retiring seven-straight batters.
Seton Hall, however, took the lead with two runs in the fourth. McAuliffe retired the leadoff man to set down his eighth-straight batter, but Weigel and Matt Fortin followed with back-to-back singles. A walk loaded the bases with one out and Joe Poduslenko tied the game with a sacrifice fly before Ramiz gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead with an RBI single.
St. John’s loaded the bases with one out and promptly tied the game with a run in the fifth. Brocato took one for the team to set the table and stole second before Jamie Galazin and Alex Caruso worked consecutive one-out walks to load the bases. Valente then tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI groundout.
The Pirates took the lead right back in the sixth, however, as a Weigel home run led off the inning and made it a 3-2 ballgame.
Seton Hall chased McAuliffe and loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but stranded all three runners. A hit batsman led off the inning before a sacrifice bunt gave the Pirates a runner at second and sent the Red Storm to the bullpen. Turner French walked a batter and St. John’s made another pitching change. Hackimer came on and put Derek Jenkins on with a pitch in the back, but got out of the bases-loaded situation with an infield popup and a strikeout.
St. John’s threatened in the eighth as Donadio and Shaw set the table with back-to-back one-out singles, but Seton Hall went to the bullpen and Chris Morris rolled an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.
After Hackimer worked a scoreless eighth, St. John’s plated six runs as part of a ninth-inning rally. Knightes set the table with a leadoff walk and Brocato immediately roped a game-tying RBI double to the wall in right center. Troy Dixon followed with a single and stole second before Caruso was issued a one-out intentional walk to load the bases. Valente put the Red Storm on top with an RBI single and Donadio made it an 8-3 ballgame with a grand slam to right center.
Hackimer worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
St. John’s concludes its series against Seton Hall with a noon rubber game on May 15.
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