Offense Responds to Force a Day One Split with Villanova

April 22, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. -- After a tough 2-0 loss to Villanova in the opening game of the series on Saturday, the St. John's offense responded immediately back as it combined for 13 hits, including five in the extra-bases variety to take a 10-0 victory in six innings over the Wildcats in game two, forcing a doubleheader split at Red Storm Field.

With the split, St. John's improves to 11-3 in league play and 24-14 overall, while Villanova (28-14) moves to 8-5 in the conference.

GAME ONE: Villanova 2, St. John's 0

Despite a strong start outing from senior Tori Free, the Red Storm offense never got going, dropping a 2-0 decision to Villanova in the opener.

Free held the league's second ranked offense to only four hits but two runs in the fifth was the difference. The program's all-time strikeout leader fanned six Wildcats and tossed her sixth complete-game of the season.



Senior Brittany Garcia had a double for the only extra-base hit for St. John's. Seniors Monique Landini and Lexi Robles, and junior Lauren Zick accounted for the other hits.

Free and Villanova starter, Brette Lawrence were the story of the game as the two pitchers traded zeroes over the first four innings before a run was scored.

With one out in the fifth, Herschberg broke the shutout with a single up the middle to give the Wildcats the lead. Villanova made it 2-0 on a two-out single from Dana Morris two batters later.

St. John's threatened in the sixth, putting two on with no outs but Lawrence was able to escape the threat unblemished retiring three-consecutive batters before closing out the game in the seventh.

GAME TWO: St. John's 10, Villanova 0 (6 innings)

After being shutout in the opener, the Johnnies fired back in game two using five extra base hits, including a three-run walk-off home run from Christina Melendez to down Villanova, 10-0, in six innings and split Saturday's doubleheader.

Sophomore Madison Morris (6-2) was dominant in her sixth victory in the circle, striking out five and allowing only two hits over six innings for her first-complete game shutout of the season.

Zick led the 13-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs to record her team-leading sixth three-hit game. Melendez, the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week, smashed her fourth home run in five games to cap off her ninth two-hit game. Landini registered two hits, two runs and an RBI, while freshman Marissa Rizzi also tallied a pair of hits and scored. Robles also patted the stat sheet, reaching base three times and finishing with a run and RBI.

St. John's offense was firing on all cylinders in the second contest wasting no time to get on the board. Zick singled, stole second and scored on Landini's single down the left-field line to give the Johnnies their first run of the day. Three batters later, Gretchen Bowie notched an RBI double to make it 2-0.

A double from Garcia, single from Rizzi and a Robles walk loaded the bases for the Red Storm in the second. Zick then cleared the bases with a three-run double to left center. Kaitlin Mattera's sacrifice fly to left made it 6-0.

The Red Storm added another run in the third on Robles' RBI single to right.

Up 7-0 in the fifth, Melendez put the game to rest in the sixth with a three-run blast to right to match Bowie with her team-leading sixth home run.

The Johnnies return to Red Storm Field tomorrow at noon looking to clinch its fourth conference series. The game will be aired on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).


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