The game will be carried live on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app on your mobile device. Ralph Bednarczyk (PxP) and Scott Greene (Color) are on the call.
Last season, the Red Storm took home a 10-7 victory over the Blackbirds after a seven-run rally in the top of the sixth to give the Johnnies its 18th win of the season, surpassing the previous year's total of 17.
Francesca Carrullo earned the victory for the Red Storm, holding the Blackbirds to one run on five hits in her five innings of relief while recording her 100th career strikeout along the way.
The Red Storm is 108-94-2 (.534) all-time when playing on Red Storm Field since it was built back in 2001. During that time, St. John's is 3-4 when playing against the Blackbirds.
St. John's and LIU Brooklyn have played at least one game in 15 of the last 16 years, dating back to a March 11, 1998 meeting where the Red Storm won, 4-3. The two teams did not play in 2003.
LIU Brooklyn Assistant Coach Andy Russo will be making his return to St. John's where he served as the assistant coach for the Red Storm for four seasons (2009-12).
Live stats for the game will be available on RedStormSports.com and fans can always join in the conversation on Twitter (@StJohnsSoftball) by using #SJUSB.
Sophomore Monique Landini has been hot at the plate lately, batting .583 (14-for-24) with two doubles, four RBI and seven walks with a .677 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage over her last eight games, striking out only twice during that time.
Freshman Krystal Puga is leading the Red Storm offense after an impressive start to her rookie campaign. The first-baseman holds a .439 (18-for-41) batting average with a double, four home runs and 13 RBI for a team-leading .756 slugging percentage and has successfully reached base in her last 14 games while earning a hit in her last seven.
Senior Erin Burner, a NFCA first team All-Great Lakes Region selection and unanimous first team All-BIG EAST catcher last season, has successfully reached base in 17 of the team's 19 games and is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. The senior has also been nominated as a potential candidate for the 2015 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft, held on April 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Around The BIG EAST (as of 3/23/15)
As a team, the Red Storm offense is fourth in the league in both batting average (.277) and on-base percentage (.361) and is fifth in slugging percentage (.376).
The St. John's pitching staff is currently fifth in the league with a 4.39 ERA and ranks fourth with 104 combined strikeouts this season.
The Red Storm is one of only three teams in the league (Butler, Creighton) who has picked off a runner this season.
Individually, Erin Burner ranks fourth in the league in batting average (.390) and fifth in on-base percentage (.464) while Monique Landiniis just behind her in sixth with a .453 OBP.
Freshman McKenzie Murray is sixth in the BIG EAST with a 2.68 ERA while Tori Free is seventh with a 2.76 ERA and a league-leading .165 opponent batting average.
Grace Kramerleads the BIG EAST with 10 relief appearances for the Red Storm this season.
SCOUTING REPORT: LIU Brooklyn
The Blackbirds are heading into the midweek matchup with a 9-19 overall record after a 3-2 performance at the USF Invitational last weekend.
The Blackbirds finished the 2014 season with a 22-34 overall record, including a 9-7 conference mark, after falling to top-seeded Bryant, 5-3, in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Title Game.
Leading the LIU offense is junior Whitney West who is batting .358 (34-for-95) with two doubles, three triples, 15 RBI and three walks for a .442 slugging percentage and .378 on-base percentage while going a team-leading 9-for-9 in stolen bases.
Sophomore Shelley Procter leads the LIU pitching staff with a 5-10 record and a 5.23 ERA, pitching eight complete games including three shutouts with 55 strikeouts through 88.1 innings of work.
Roy Kortmann is in his 21st season as the head coach of LIU Brooklyn, leading the Blackbirds to nine Northeast Conference championships during that time.
The Red Storm is 17-23 all-time against LIU Brooklyn, including an 11-14 overall mark when playing at home.
St. John's has won in its last two meetings with LIU Brooklyn, snapping a previous eight-game losing streak.
After having its conference opener cancelled with DePaul, the Red Storm will kick off BIG EAST action this weekend as it heads to Indianapolis, Indiana, to take on Butler in a three-game series on March 28-29.
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The Last Meeting
April 10, 2014
Sixth-Inning Rally Gives Red Storm Comeback Victory Over LIU-Brooklyn
The combination of a seven-run sixth inning and a shutdown relief performance by junior Francesca Carrullo led the Red Storm (18-18, 3-5 BIG EAST) to a 10-7 comeback victory over LIU-Brooklyn on Thursday, marking the team's 18th win of the season as it surpasses the 17-35-1 record from last season.