March 16, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Due to visibility issues as a result of a steady snowfall and the forecast for continued precipitation, umpires were forced to halt game one of a doubleheader between St. John's and Holy Cross in the top of the fourth inning with the Crusaders holding a 3-2 lead.
The halted game will resume at noon on March 17 and be followed by a nine-inning game in order to play two of the three originally scheduled games this weekend.
Holy Cross took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Evan Ocello set the table with a leadoff single. Ocello stole second and reached third on an errant pickoff throw before scoring on a Patrick Puentes sacrifice fly. James Lomangino struck out the final two batters to end the inning.
Lomangino added two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 second inning before the Red Storm plated two runs in the bottom of the frame. Frank Schwindel led off with a double before Sean O'Hare lined an RBI single into center field to tie the game. After Danny Bethea followed with a single up the middle, a double steal set up runners on second and third before Kyle Lombardo walked to load the bases. Dustin Breshears followed with a walk that put St. John's up 2-1, but Tom Marra escaped further damage.
Holy Cross used the long ball to retake the lead in the third. After Connor Perry singled up the middle to lead off the inning, Puentes lifted a two-out, two-run home run to right field to put the Crusaders up 3-2.
St. John's threatened in the bottom of the third with back-to-back one out singles, but Marra worked out of the jam.
The umpires met before the top of the fourth inning and cleared the field. The game was delayed for 30 minutes before the decision was made to halt the game.