Francesca Carrullo pitched the first St. John's run-rule no-hitter since 2009.
April 25, 2015
OMAHA, Neb. -- Senior Francesca Carrullo continued to dominate in BIG EAST action this Saturday afternoon, throwing the first St. John's run-rule no-hitter since the 2009 season as the right-handed senior led the Red Storm (22-14, 13-1 BIG EAST) to a doubleheader split against Creighton (21-16, 6-9 BIG EAST).
"To be honest I had no idea about the no-hitter," said Carrullo. "I heard about it from people talking but I tried zoning it out and staying calm. I knew I was going to get through the last inning because I was cruising the whole game, so I felt confident. When I got the last batter I was just happy we were able to bounce back and beat Creighton. Getting the last out for your team is always a good feeling."
The complete-game no-hitter came in big fashion after the Blue Jays snapped a 15-game winning streak for the Red Storm in game one, handing St. John's its first conference loss of the season. The last time St. John's threw a no-hitter in a run-ruled game was back on April 15, 2009, when Kat Lawrence threw one against Seton Hall in the second game of a doubleheader.
With the vengeance of its first loss in 16-consecutive games fueling the fire, the St. John's offense came out swinging early on in game two as freshman Hannah Anderson led off the game with an infield single.
After advancing to second on a passed ball, Anderson was able to score from second on a RBI single by Monique Landini to put the first St. John's run on the board. Despite a double play turned by the Blue Jays, the inning was not over for the Red Storm offense as it capitalized on an intentional walk to Burner and three-straight hits to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.
That's when senior Francesca Carrullo got to work, striking out a pair of batters to end the bottom of the first to allow the Red Storm offense to keep the fire rolling as it put across three more runs in the top of the second to make it a 6-0 game.
Just two innings later, Krystal Puga was able to add another run on the board with her 11th home run of the season as she blasted a solo shot down the right-field line to make it 7-0.
With the help of a Creighton error to lead off the top of the fifth, the Red Storm was able to combine for four runs on a pair of hits and three walks to extend out to an 11-0 lead.
The senior's dominance continued as Carrullo (9-4) continued to fire for the Red Storm as she sealed the 11-0 game-two victory with a no-hit performance, allowing two walks while striking out a career-high eight batters. Micaela Whitney (9-8) took the loss after allowing nine earned runs while walking seven and striking out one.
Unfortunately for St. John's, things didn't go as well in the opening game of the doubleheader as Creighton was able to snap the Red Storm's 15-game winning streak and hand St. John's its first conference loss of the season.
After going down in order in the top of the first, the St. John's offense got things going in the second as Erin Burner led off the inning with a line drive that snuck under the left-fielder's glove for an error to put the first Red Storm runner on base. With the help of a sac bunt by Brittany Garcia, junior Yvonne Rericha was able to send a RBI single into right to put the St. John's on the board first, 1-0.
Creighton responded in the bottom of the third, however, as they took advantage of a two-out, bases loaded St. John's error to put up seven unearned runs and take a 7-1 lead into the fourth.
The Red Storm was able to capitalize on a pair of hits and a Creighton error the next inning to plate its second run of the game, but the Blue Jays answered with two more runs to make it a 9-2 game into the fourth.
Facing the third St. John's pitcher of the game in the bottom of the fifth, the Blue Jays looked as if they would seal an eight-run victory as they brought the would-be winning run to third, but sophomore Grace Kramer was able to strike out Liz Dike and strand the bases loaded to send the game to the sixth, 9-2.
Unfortunately the Red Storm was unable to put across any more runs as it dropped its first conference game of the season to the Blue Jays, 9-2, in game one. Only one of the 11 runs scored on the day were registered as earned after four combined errors were committed in the game.
Sydnee Eck (10-6) got the win for Creighton after throwing a complete game, allowing six hits while striking out six and Tori Free (8-5) took the loss after 2.2 innings of work in the start, giving up seven allowing an earned run while striking out four. Grace Kramer pitched two innings of shutout relief, allowing only one hit while striking out a pair for the Red Storm.
The Red Storm will take on the Blue Jays in the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT).
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