April 13, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - No. 21 Notre Dame scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to grab its first lead of the game and went on to hand St. John's a 9-2 loss at Frank Eck Stadium on Thursday afternoon. All nine of the Fighting Irish's runs were unearned, as the Red Storm committed a season-high six errors.
With the win, Notre Dame extended its winning streak to 15 games and improved to 25-8 overall and 9-1 in the BIG EAST, while St. John's lost for just the second time in 16 games and fell to 22-9 and 8-2 in conference play.
St. John's out-hit Notre Dame, 12-11, and lost for the first time in 22 chances when out-hitting its opponents (21-1). Chris Joachim went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Red Storm to extend a hit streak into double digits (10 games) for the second time this season. Chris Anninos singled, doubled and scored a run, and Jarod Hickle went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
Starting pitcher Rob Delaney held the Fighting Irish down early, before a five-run sixth inning in which the St. John's defense committed three errors. The junior worked 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits and nine unearned runs in his first losing effort in four BIG EAST starts. George Brown threw 1.2 innings of scoreless relief of Delaney, striking out one and allowing two hits in finishing the game.
St. John's scored runs in the first and second innings to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but a pickoff and double plays in the second, third and fourth innings limited the Red Storm's damage. Joachim scored Sam DeLuca, who reached on a two-out double, with an RBI single into right-center field in the first, and Hickle laced a double down the left field line to score Anninos from third base in the top of the second.
The Fighting Irish got one back in the bottom of the second on a squeeze bunt by Alex Nettey, and tied the game up in the fifth on an RBI single by Danny Dressman.
Notre Dame grabbed its first lead of the game with five runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh. Three hits and three St. John's errors led to the big Fighting Irish sixth, and the two-run seventh moved the score to 9-2, the eventual final.