May 10, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - With wet field conditions as a result of heavy rainfall and the forecast for more rain on the way, St. John's and Creighton were forced to suspend their game with the Red Storm leading 5-4 in the top of the sixth and the Bluejays threatening with runners on second and third with one out.
The suspended game will be resumed at 10:30 a.m. on May 11 with the series-finale, which airs on FOX Sports 1, slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch as scheduled.
After using back-to-back strikeouts to strand a runner on second in the first inning, starter Ryan McCormick recorded consecutive strikeouts again in the second frame to strand runners on second and third and keep Creighton off the board.
St. John's then put together a two-out rally to grab a run in the bottom of the second. Starter Taylor Elman retired the first two batters in the inning before Michael Donadio singled into center field to extend the inning. A pair of wild pitches advanced Donadio to third before Zach Lauricella gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead with an RBI infield single.
Creighton responded by sending eight-men to the plate as part of a four-run third frame. Ryan Fitzgerald started things with a one-out single through the right side before Jake Peter singled to left center to give the Bluejays runners on the corners. After a walk to Mike Gerber loaded the bases, Reagan Fowler and Brett Murray followed with back-to-back RBI singles. Nicky Lopez then made it 4-1 with a two-run single into center before McCormick ended the inning with a 6-3 double play.
The Red Storm had an immediate answer in the bottom of the third and retook the lead with a four-run inning of its own. Tyler Sanchez led off with an infield single deep in the hole at short before Troy Dixon walked and Robert Wayman loaded the bases with an infield single up the third baseline. Bret Dennis then lined a one-out RBI single into left field before a walk to Donadio forced in a run. Lauricella followed with a two-run double into left center and St. John's retook the lead, 5-4.
Alex Katz relieved McCormick in the fourth and worked around a one-out single before taking advantage of a runner caught stealing as part of a scoreless fifth.
The rain started to fall in the top of the sixth and quickly became heavy. Lopez reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning before Katz plunked Landon Lucansky with one out. A wild pitch advanced both runners before the umpires called for the tarp with runners on second and third and one out.