April 29, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John’s softball team used a two-run third inning to take a one-run lead over LIU, but the Blackbirds used a late rally to top the Red Storm, 9-2, on Thursday at Red Storm Field.
The Red Storm (17-28) trailed, 1-0, in the top of the third after Brianna Melero scored on a wild pitch for LIU’s first run of the game. St. John’s offense came alive in the bottom of the third when STJ took a 2-1 lead over the Blackbirds (29-14). Jenna Berger led off the inning with a walk and Julia Sanchez moved her over to second on a sac bunt in front of home plate. Chelsea Durning connected for a double to right field, moving Berger to third. Two batters later, Kacee Cox drew a two-out intentional walk from LIU starter Sarah Reynolds. With the bases loaded, Chrissy Montez singled to short, driving in Berger and allowing Durning to score on a throwing error by the shortstop.
LIU knotted the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Emily Kakuska drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk of STJ starter Linzee Sumrall, scoring Brynn Lewis.
The Red Storm put runners on in bottom of the fifth. Durning drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cox drew her second intentional walk of the game, putting runners on first and second, but the Blackbirds escaped the inning unscathed.
LIU pulled ahead, 5-2, in the sixth. With two outs, Raylene Asman hit a two-RBI double to left center. Asman scored in the next at-bat when Karina Cervantes hit an RBI single up the middle.
Kat Lawrence entered in relief of Sumrall in the seventh inning. The Blackbirds plated four more runs in the frame. With the bases loaded, Mariesha Marker hit an RBI single up the middle, scoring Kakuska. Montez rifled a throw from short to Dominique Marcelino at home plate, preventing Melero from also scoring on the play. Three batters later, Asman hit a three-RBI double to left field.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Red Storm loaded the bases in an effort to mount a late rally. With one out, Meghan Gwynn ripped a pinch-hit single through the left side. Durning followed with a single up the middle. Curry torched a single through the left side to put three on for Cox, but LIU escaped the jam with a 5-3 double play.
Durning and Marcelino each finished 2-of-3 at the plate. Montez went 1-of-3 with one RBI. Curry and Gwynn each recorded on hit in the game.
Sumrall (5-15) took the loss after striking out three and allowing five runs (two earned) over six innings of work. Lawrence recorded one strikeout and four runs in one frame of relief. Reynolds earned the win to improve to 5-4 after allowing two runs over seven innings.
St. John’s opens a three-game series against BIG EAST rival Rutgers with a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The Red Storm and the Scarlet Knights will play game three of the series on Sunday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: After going 2-of-3 against LIU, Chelsea Durning now has 13 multi-hit games on the season… Kacee Cox has drawn three intentional walks on the season… Julia Sanchez left the game in the sixth following an injury during STJ’s attempt to catch Raylene Asman stealing third. Cox played the remainder of the game at third base.