SATURDAY SWEEP: Red Storm Sweeps Providence In Grand Fashion|
April 11, 2015
QUEENS, N.Y. -- With the help of a pinch-hit grand slam by junior Carly Williams the St. John's softball team (16-13, 8-0 BIG EAST) was able to sweep Providence (8-17, 3-6 BIG EAST) in grand fashion on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Storm was able to open the day with a 6-0 shutout over the Friars before rounding out the afternoon with a 9-1 five-inning victory to seal the sweep.
Senior Francesca Carrullo (6-4) dominated the Providence offense in game one, holding the Friars to only three hits in a complete-game shutout to earn the victory.
After Carrullo was able to sit down the Friars in order to open the game, the Red Storm offense came alive in the bottom of the first as senior Erin Burner blasted a three-run home run over the left-center wall to give St. John's a 3-0 lead.
Later in the bottom of the fifth, Lauren Zick was able to lead things off with an infield single before Monique Landini could send a double into the gap to score Zick and put another runner in scoring position.
With one on and two outs, Burner worked her magic again as she lifted a 1-1 pitch deep over the right-field wall to give St. John's a 6-0 lead.
From that point on it was all Carrullo as she closed out the game to give the Red Storm the opening-game victory.
The Friars opened up game two swinging as they put a pair of runners into scoring position, but freshman McKenzie Murray was able to get out of the jam and strand a pair on base to bring the big bats of the Red Storm to the plate.
Still scoreless in the bottom of the second, the St. John's offense began to click as it took advantage of four hits and Providence error to take a 3-0 advantage before stranding the bases loaded to end the frame.
After a leadoff single by Yvonne Rericha, the three-run inning came alive as freshman Hannah Anderson sent a three-RBI triple into the gap before scoring herself on a Providence error.
Unfortunately the Friars were able to take advantage of a pair of St. John's errors in the top of the third, putting across a run to cut the St. John's lead to 3-1.
The Red Storm responded back immediately in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of runs on three hits and yet another Providence error to make it a 5-1 game.
Holding on to a four-run lead, the Red Storm looked to seal the deal in the bottom of the fourth as Erin Burner led off the inning with a five-pitch walk. After a quick out, the Red Storm was able to load the bases with a walk and a hit before Carly Williams was able to get St. John's to its eight-run advantage with a pinch-hit, two-out grand slam to lead the Red Storm to its eventual 9-1 victory.
Murray (5-3) earned the victory after throwing five full innings without allowing an earned run, giving up three hits while striking out a pair.
The Red Storm will return to action on Sunday as it rounds out the three-game series with the Friars at Noon, live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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