McAuliffe Pitches St. John's Past Seton Hall, 4-1|
May 27, 2016
ABERDEEN, Md. - Ryan McAuliffe pitched 7.0 innings of one-run ball as St. John's stayed alive in the BIG EAST Tournament with a 4-1 win against Seton Hall.
McAuliffe (5-2) allowed four hits, while walking two and striking out five to lead St. John's (28-25-1). Anthony Brocato finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Alex Caruso was 1-for-4 with an RBI. John Valente, Josh Shaw and Mark Venice each went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Zack Weigel was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored for Seton Hall (38-20) and Matt Fortin went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Zach Prendergast (5-7) took the loss after surrendering three runs in 7.0 innings of work.
St. John's threatened in the second, but ended the inning with an out at home. After Prendergast retired the first two batters, Robbie Knightes extended the inning with a double and took third on a wild pitch. Knightes, however, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on another pitch that bounced away from the catcher.
McAuliffe, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 frames in the second and third before St. John's took the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Valente led off the frame with a single before Michael Donadio singled to quickly set up runners on first and third with no outs. An errant pickoff attempt at first allowed Valente to score from third before Brocato made it a 2-0 ballgame with a two-out RBI single.
McAuliffe eventually retired eight-straight batters before a one-out double by Weigel set the table for a Seton Hall run in the fourth. Fortin promptly followed with an RBI single as the Pirates cut the lead to 2-1.
St. John's answered immediately with a run in the fifth. After Venice started things with a one-out double, Caruso gave the Red Storm a 3-1 advantage with an RBI single.
Following a leadoff walk in the fifth, McAuliffe retired the next three batters and worked a 1-2-3 sixth. The righty went on to retire seven-straight before issuing a one-out walk in the seventh.
St. John's benefitted from a two-out error in the eighth and tacked on an insurance run. Matt Leon relieved Prendergast to start the frame and retired his first two batters before Shaw extended the inning with a double inside the left field line. Jesse Berardi then reached on a dropped fly ball and Shaw came around to score as the Red Storm took a 4-1 lead.
Seton Hall chased McAuliffe in the eighth, but the Red Storm bullpen kept the Pirates off the board. McAuliffe allowed a leadoff single and St. John's brought in Turner French, who was greeted by a single that set up runners on first and second with no outs. After a fielder's choice left Seton Hall with runners on the corners and one out, French retired the next two batters to end the inning.
Joe Napolitano worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
St. John's returns to action on May 28 with a 3 p.m. elimination game against Xavier or Creighton.