Melendez and Rizzi Go Yard in 7-3 Victory Over LIU Brooklyn

April 19, 2017

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- With the score knotted at two, St. John's softball (23-13, 10-2 BIG EAST) strung together three runs in the fifth to help pickup its fourth-straight win with a 7-3 road-victory over LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The top hitting team in the BIG EAST amassed 11 hits to reach double-digit base knocks for the 10th time in 13 games. Sophomore Christina Melendez continued her hot hitting with two hits, two runs and two RBIs, including her third home run in three games. Freshman Marissa Rizzi also left the yard, crushing a solo home run for one of her two hits.

Junior Lauren Zick went 3-for-4 with a run and stolen base to register her team-leading fifth three-hit performance of the season. Freshman Gretchen Bowie knocked in a pair on a double, while Savannah Warren scored and notched an RBI double. Seniors Brittany Garcia and Monique Landini both scored and tallied a hit as well.



Senior Grace Kramer collected the win after tossing 6.0 strong innings of three-run ball. Junior McKenzie Murray finished the game with a scoreless seventh to earn her third save.

Melendez opened the scoring in the first with an RBI double to the gap in right center, scoring Zick from second base.

The Blackbirds (17-27) answered with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.

St. John's came right back with a run in the second as Garcia ripped a leadoff double before tying the score on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Warren scored Landini on a two-out double to the right-center field gap to put the Red Storm back on top. Bowie then made it a 5-2 score with a two-run double down the left-field line for her 33rd and 34th RBIs of the season.

Rizzi added to the Red Storm's lead in the sixth when she went deep to left for third home run in five games.

In the seventh, Melendez belted her fifth home run of the season with a solo shot to straight-center.

After letting up those two runs in the first, Kramer cruised through five scoreless innings, retiring 15 of the next 20 batters she faced before LIU Brooklyn hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

With one on and no outs in the seventh, Murray came in and got out three of the next four batters to secure St. John's 23rd win.

The Red Storm returns to Queens this weekend as the Johnnies are set to host Villanova for a three-game series in a rematch of last year's BIG EAST Semifinals. Saturday's doubleheader beginning at noon will air live on ESPN3, while Sunday's noon contest is set for a BEDN broadcast.


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