April 29, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. -- Sparked by three-straight strikeouts from relief pitcher Grace Kramer with the bases-loaded in the fifth, St. John's scored five unanswered runs over the final two innings to rally past Georgetown, 5-1, in Saturday's contest at Red Storm Field.
Kramer (6-4) was sensational in relief, striking out seven of the nine batters she faced over three scoreless innings to earn her sixth win in the circle. Senior Tori Free was effective as well, fanning five over four innings of one-run ball.
Freshman Gretchen Bowie scored twice and drove in a pair on her team-leading seventh home run of the season in the sixth. Junior Lauren Zick erased the shutout with the go-ahead two-run single in the fifth. Junior Krystal Puga also went yard for the Red Storm, while senior Brittany Garcia doubled and scored.
In the second, Garcia's arm kept the game scoreless as the senior fired a rocket from center field on a single up the middle to nab Delaney Darden at the plate. Georgetown (11-31, 4-11 BIG EAST) would break a scoreless tie in the fourth on back-to-back base hits from Hannah Ramsey and Sera Stevens.
Kramer did an excellent job against the ropes in the fifth, coming in with no outs and the bases to record three-straight strikeouts and keep the Georgetown lead at 1-0.
The Johnnies were able to breakthrough in the bottom half of the inning when Zick answered the door with a two-run single down the left-field line to give her team their first advantage of the game.
St. John's padded its lead on back-to-back home runs in the sixth to make it 5-1. The first came from Bowie, who smashed a two-run bomb to left-center. Next at-bat, Puga drilled a solo shot over the left-field wall for her second blast of the season.
Kramer would go on and retire the next three batters, highlighted by a game-ending strikeout to secure St. John's 12th conference win.
St. John's closes out the home portion of its schedule tomorrow with a doubleheader against Georgetown beginning at 11 a.m. The first contest is set to air on ESPN3, while the second game will be broadcasted on SJU-TV All-Access. Senior Day ceremonies will take place at the conclusion of the second game.