St. John's Takes Two from Georgetown to Complete Senior Day Sweep|
April 30, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -- The St. John's softball team sent the seniors out in style, unleashing 26 hits over two games to take two from Georgetown on Sunday and secure its fourth BIG EAST sweep of the season. After shutting out the Hoyas, 9-0, in five innings, the Johnnies won the finale by a final score of 9-2 to remain on top of the league standings with a 14-4 conference record.
Game One: St. John's 9, Georgetown 0 -- 5 innings
A huge two-out grand slam from Krystal Puga cracked the game open in the second as St. John's used a six-run rally to down Georgetown, 9-0, in five innings to clinch the series.
Sophomore Madison Morris (7-2) lived up to the billing as the most difficult pitcher to get a hit against in the BIG EAST as the right-hander from Virginia tossed a complete-game one-hitter with three strikeouts to pick up her seventh win in the circle.
Puga drilled her first-career grand slam to pace an offense that accumulated 10 hits across four innings at the dish. Savannah Warren matched a season-high with four RBIs on two hits, highlighted by a three-run blast in the fourth. Sophomore Christina Melendez went 2-for-3 with two runs, while senior Monique Landini posted a run and an RBI. Laura Delgado, Lexi Robles and Lauren Zick all scored.
Kaitlin Mattera got the two-out rally going with a double to left-center. Later in the inning, Landini was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded to score the game's first run. Puga then smashed a grand slam over the wall in left-center for her second home run in as many games. Warren capped off a six-run second with a double down the left-field line to score Melendez from first base.
Warren padded the Red Storm lead in the fourth when she belted a three-run homer down the left-field line for her sixth shot of the season.
Game Two: St. John's 9, Georgetown 2
The Red Storm matched a season-high 16-hit attack to reach the double-digit hit mark for the 20th time this season and beat the Hoyas, 9-2, in its home finale.
Senior Grace Kramer (7-4) was brilliant in her final home contest as a Johnny, striking out five Hoyas in seven innings of two-run ball to collect her second win of the weekend.
Freshman Gretchen Bowie drove in a team-high four runs, while Puga scored and finished with two RBIs. Melendez followed up a multi-hit contest with a season-high three hits in the second game to go with two runs plated. Robles went 3-for-3 with a run and walk in her final home contest.
Senior Brittany Garcia capped off a three-hit game with her 100th-career RBI on a double in the third. Senior Kaitlyn Wilkens also tallied a hit and RBI, while Lauren Zick finished with two runs and two stolen bases.
For the second-straight game, St. John's wasted no time jumping on the Hoyas using another two-out rally to score four of its five runs in the first. Zick opened the scoring with her legs, stealing two bases before coming home on a throw down to second. Bowie made it 4-0 on a bases-clearing triple off the center-field wall. Wilkens ripped an RBI single off the pitcher to make it 5-0.
The Hoyas scored their first run of the day on Gabriela Elvina's solo blast in the second.
In the third, Georgetown cut the lead to three runs when they took advantage of a St. John's miscue.
However, St. John's came right back in the third when Puga's two-run single sparked a four-run inning. Up 7-2, Garcia ripped a run-scoring double to left-center for 100th career RBI. Bowie would then make it 9-2 on a ground ball that was booted by the Georgetown third baseman.
Kramer helped put the game away with a 1-2-3 inning for St. John's fourth BIG EAST sweep in six tries.
The Johnnies return to action on Wednesday when the team visits the Bronx for a 2:30 p.m. showdown at Fordham.