Tori Free Tosses No Hitter as St. John's Erupts for 11 Runs to Complete Sweep Over Providence|
March 26, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Senior Tori Free tossed a gem in Sunday's finale against Providence, tossing the first St. John's no-hitter against a BIG EAST opponent since Francesca Carrullo's spectacular performance against Creighton in 2015 as St. John's completed the series sweep over the Friars to open league play a perfect 3-0.
Coming off its best offensive performance in roughly two years, the Red Storm (15-10, 3-0 BIG EAST) bats continued to rake at the dish manufacturing 11 runs on 11 hits in the shutout. St. John's offense set a program record for most runs in a BIG EAST series with 34 in three games against Providence (7-16, 0-3 BIG EAST).
Eight different Johnnies scored and notched a hit led by Gretchen Bowie's team-leading ninth multi-hit game as the freshman finished a perfect 3-for-3 outing at the plate with a run, RBI and stolen bases. Lauren Zick racked up two hits, three runs and stole two bases for her seventh multi-hit performance, while Hannah Anderson scored twice and drove in a pair. Brittany Garcia, Monique Landini, Lexi Robles and Savannah Warren all recorded a hit, run and RBI. Kaitlin Mattera scored and had a hit as well.
Zick was responsible for generating the first run of the game as the junior walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and came around to score on a wild pitch.
In the second, the Red Storm opened up the flood gates putting together its best inning of the season scoring eight runs on seven hits to take a commanding 9-0 lead. Robles got the scoring going with an RBI single before Anderson knocked in a pair on her first double of the season. Landini's sixth RBI of the weekend added another run. A throwing error cleared the bases and scored three runs as Warren picked up an RBI and Bowie knocked in her team-leading 21st run on a rocket up the middle.
St. John's extended the lead to 11 runs in the third when Anderson and Zick crossed home on Garcia's infield single.
Free would go on to fan three of the last six outs she recorded, including a game-sealing strikeout to secure the senior's first-career no hitter.