St. John's Defeats Southern Illinois, 4-3, To Notch 12th-Straight Victory|
May 16, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. - Robert Wayman had a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning as St. John's won its 12th-straight game and finished a series sweep of Southern Illinois with a 4-3 victory. Wayman finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead St. John's (36-14), while Zach Lauricella and Matt Harris added an RBI apiece. Joe Kuzia (2-1) earned the win with 1.0 scoreless inning of relief. Parker Osborne was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple to pace Southern Illinois (11-44), while reliever Colten Selvey (1-2) took the loss after allowing one run in 3.1 innings.
Chris Kalica used a double play to erase a leadoff single in the first inning before the Salukis grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second after Osborne led off the inning with a triple and Tyler Rolland followed with an RBI groundout.
After Alex Katz came on to work a scoreless fourth, St. John's took advantage of two errors and grabbed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Alex Caruso started things with a leadoff walk before Wayman sacrificed, but reached on a fielder's choice as an errant throw to second allowed Caruso to slide in safely. Michael Donadio then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on an error as Caruso came around to score. Lauricella followed with an RBI single before Harris gave St. John's a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Southern Illinois, however, tied the game with two runs in the sixth. Greg Lambert led off with a single before Osborne doubled to give the Salukis runners on second and third with no outs. A wild pitch then allowed both runners to score as the Salukis made it a 3-3 ballgame.
Kuzia entered and worked a 1-2-3 eighth before St. John's plated what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame. Tyler Sanchez led off with a single, but was thrown out trying to reach second. Troy Dixon then restarted things with a single into right field and the Salukis made a pitching change. Caruso followed with a walk to push pinch runner Ty Blankmeyer to second before Wayman gave St. John's a 4-3 lead with an RBI single up the middle.
Thomas Hackimer worked a 1-2-3 ninth to set a new St. John's single season record with his 15th save of the season.
Top-seeded St. John's opens play in the BIG EAST Tournament on May 21 in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritrade Park.