Steady Offense Leads Red Storm To 9-2 Win Over Stony Brook|
April 8, 2015
The Red Storm wasted no time getting things going as Hannah Anderson and Monique Landini led off the game with back-to-back hits before a walk to Krystal Puga could load the bases. Just as she has done all season, senior Erin Burner was able to take advantage of the opportunity, plating a pair of runs on a double into the right-center gap to give St. John's a 2-0 lead with nobody out.
The Red Storm was able to put across another run on a Stony Brook error to make it 3-0 but the Seawolves were quickly able to get out of the jam with three-consecutive outs, ending the inning to strand a pair of St. John's runners on base.
After being put down in order to end the bottom of the first, the Seawolves were able to get on the board with a solo home run by Shayla Giosia, cutting the Red Storm lead to 3-1 after two.
The Red Storm responded, however, with a long ball of its own as freshman Krystal Puga sent a solo home run of her own over the left-center fence to lead off the third and make it a 4-1 game.
Just four batters later the home-run inning continued as Savannah Warren sent a two-out, two-run home run down the left-field line just inside the foul pole to take a 6-1 lead and force a Stony Brook pitching change.
After getting out of the inning, the Seawolves were then able to take advantage of a pair of back-to-back two-out hits and a St. John's error in the bottom of the third, cutting the SJU lead to 6-2.
With the help of a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a Landini double, the Red Storm was able to plate across two more runs on Burner's third double of the game in the top of the fourth, forcing the third Stony Brook pitcher of the game to come in with St. John's leading, 8-2.
After being held scoreless in the top of the fifth, the Red Storm was able to put across another run with the help of back-to-back singles by Burner and Garcia to give St. John's its eventual 9-2 victory.
Freshman McKenzie Murray (4-3) had a strong start in the circle for the Red Storm, allowing only one earned run on four hits while striking out four in a four-inning performance to secure the victory. Allison Cukrov (4-3) took the loss after allowing five earned runs on eight hits, striking out three. Junior Tori Free was able to come in and hold down the Stony Brook offense, allowing only one hit over three innings of relief, striking out four.
The Red Storm will return to action this weekend as it welcomes BIG EAST rival Providence to Queens for a three-game series on April 11-12.
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