Offense Thrives In Saturday Sweep Over Seton Hall|
April 18, 2015
The St. John's offense combined for 29 hits on the day against the Pirates, including four doubles and three home runs, to seal the doubleheader sweep.
After three innings of scoreless play to open game one, the Red Storm was able to get the offense clicking with the heart of the order as Krystal Puga led off the top of the fourth with a base hit into center. Following a double into left by senior Erin Burner, Brittany Garcia was able to put across the first run of the game with a RBI groundout to second, scoring Puga to give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead.
The inning wouldn't end there, however, as freshman Savannah Warren sent a RBI single back up the middle to plate Burner and give St. John's a 2-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the fourth.
After the Red Storm was able to strand a pair of Pirates in the bottom of the fourth, the St. John's offense came out in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally as Monique Landini and Krystal Puga teamed up for back-to-back doubles before Erin Burner was able to send a two-run home run down the left-field line to make it a 5-0 Red Storm lead.
Seton Hall answered back in the bottom of the fifth with four-consecutive base hits, including a double by Alexi Walkden, to cut the Red Storm's lead to 5-1.
The hot bats of the Red Storm wasn't done yet, however, as Krystal Puga and Brittany Gacia were both able to blast a pair of home runs in the top of the seventh to give St. John's its eventual 8-1 victory.
Junior Tori Free (7-4) took the win after throwing a complete game, allowing only one run on nine hits while striking out five. Danielle DeStaso (8-10) got the loss after throwing 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four.
Seton Hall came out swinging early on in game two, taking advantage of a pair of hits and a St. John's error to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Red Storm responded, however, in the top of the second as Brittany Garcia led things off with a stand-up double into left. After a bunt base hit by Yvonne Rericha, the junior was able to steal second to put a pair of runners into scoring position and Savannah Warren was able to drive in both runners to put St. John's in front, 2-1.
St. John's worked another two-out rally in the top of the third as the Red Storm was able to take advantage of four-consecutive hits before the Pirates could end the inning with a play at the plate to hold the St. John's lead at 4-1.
The work was not done there as the Red Storm posted up five runs on five hits and a Pirate error in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 9-1.
Seton Hall was able to respond back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs on three hits before Francesca Carrullo was able to get out of the inning to hold the St. John's lead at 9-3.
The Red Storm offense could not be silenced, however, as it put up three more runs on a pair of hits to make it a 12-3 game.
Seton Hall began to threaten in the bottom of the fifth with a run on a pair of hits, including a Sara Haefeli double, but Carrullo was able to get out of the inning and preserve the eight-run lead for the 12-4 five-inning victory.
Carrullo (8-4) took the victory after throwing a complete game, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while striking out one. Lauren Fischer (7-9) took the loss after 3.1 innings, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits while striking out one.
The Red Storm will round out the three-game series on Sunday with a final game against the Pirates at noon.
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