40 WINS: Six-Run Fourth Leads St. John's Past Oral Roberts, 10-4|
May 30, 2015
STILLWATER, Okla. - Ryan McCormick matched a 47 year-old program-record with his 11th win of the season as St. John's used a six-run fourth inning to defeat Oral Roberts, 10-4, and reach the 40-win mark for the first time since 2012. Matt Harris finished 2-for-5 with four RBI to lead St. John's (40-15), while Robert Wayman went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Alex Caruso scored three runs and Anthony Brocato went 3-for-5 as the offense put together a 14-hit attack. McCormick (11-1) allowed two unearned runs in 5.0 innings of work to earn the win and match the program-record first set by Tom Sowinski in 1968. Matt Whatley was 3-for-5 and Audie Afenir went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Oral Roberts (41-16). Bryce Howe (4-2) took the loss after surrendering six runs in 3.1 innings.
St. John's grabbed the lead with a two-out run in the first after Caruso set the table with a leadoff walk. Caruso moved to second on a Wayman sacrifice bunt and took third on a groundout before Zach Lauricella ripped an RBI double inside the third base bag to give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead.
McCormick allowed just a two-out walk in the first and a one-out walk in the second before St. John's extended its lead with a pair of two-out runs in the third. Caruso took a pitch in the back to once again reach as the leadoff man. Wayman then beat out a bunt single before a Michael Donadio sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third with one out. Harris then made it a 3-0 ballgame with a two-out, two-run single.
After McCormick used an inning-ending lineout double play to erase a one-out single in the third, St. John's sent 10 men to the plate and chased Howe as part of a six-run fourth. Brocato started things with a leadoff single before going first to third on a Robbie Knightes single into right field. Caruso then laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt, but reached safely on a fielder's choice as Oral Roberts tried unsuccessfully to get the lead runner at home. Following a pitching change, Wayman reached on a fielder's choice and a walk to Donadio loaded the bases with two outs. After an errant pickoff throw allowed a run to score, Lauricella walked to reload the bases and Harris chased reliever Sean Leary with a two-run single. Jarred Mederos then greeted Kurt Giller with a two-run double off the base of the wall in right center and the Red Storm led 9-0.
Oral Roberts took advantage of an error to get on the board with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. Anthony Sequeira reached on an error to start things before Afenir walked and Noah Cummings put the Golden Eagles on the board with an RBI double. Rolando Martinez then made it a 9-2 ballgame with an RBI groundout.
St. John's lifted McCormick after 5.0 innings of work and Oral Roberts plated a pair of runs against the bullpen in the sixth. Afenir greeted Joe Kuzia with a leadoff single and took second on a wild pitch before Dean Wilson followed with an RBI double into left field. After a wild pitch moved Wilson to third, the Red Storm went back to the bullpen in favor of Matt Clancy and Chase Stafford cut the deficit to 9-4 with an RBI single.
The Red Storm plated an unearned run in the seventh to extend its lead to 10-4. Caruso led off the inning with a single into right center and Oral Roberts went to the bullpen. Wayman promptly greeted Sequeira with a double into the right field corner, but an error on the relay allowed Caruso to score.
Clancy stayed on to work scoreless frames in the seventh, eighth and ninth to earn the save.
St. John's returns to action on May 31 with a 1 p.m. (ET) elimination game against either Oklahoma State or Arkansas.