LIVE AUDIO: STJ vs. Hofstra
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's softball team (22-19, 10-8) faces off against the Hofstra Pride (22-16) this Wednesday, April 21, at the Hofstra Softball Stadium at 4 p.m.
Live stats for the non-conference matchup will be available at RedStormSports.com. Live audio will also be available through the Hofstra athletic website.
Hofstra leads the all-time series, 24-12-1. Last season, the Pride topped St. John's, 8-0. The Red Storm tied a game with Hofstra in 2005, 3-3, and last defeated the Pride in 2004, 3-2 at Hofstra.
St. John's went 3-3 last week in conference, splitting BIG EAST doubleheaders with Villanova, Seton Hall and USF. The Red Storm lost a non-conference tilt at LIU on Thursday, 3-2, in eight innings.
The Red Storm received stellar pitching from sophomore Kat Lawrence last week as she went 3-0 in conference, throwing her second-career no-hitter with 13 strikeouts vs. Seton Hall, and shutout USF to earn her career-best 12th victory.
Senior Roxy Struble continues to lead the Red Storm offense, pacing the team in batting average (.429), hits (54), RBI (32), total bases (86), walks (14), on-base percentage (.482) and slugging percentage (.683). The senior is now second in the BIG EAST and tied for 17th in the nation in batting average. Struble has also transitioned to shortstop after beginning the season as a corner infielder.
Sophomore starter Linzee Sumrall has a team-leading 183 strikeouts in 136.2 innings. Sumrall also has 17 complete games, four shutouts and three saves to pace the squad.
Lawrence has kept up in the K department, striking out 153 batters in 132.2 innings this year. The right-hander also leads the team with a 2.59 ERA and a 12-9 record to go along with 14 complete games and four shutouts.
Sophomore leadoff hitter Chelsea Durning continues to be the sparkplug for the Red Storm offense. The outfielder leads St. John's in runs (33), doubles (13), triples (1), walks (14) and HBP (9) and is second on the squad in at-bats (125), batting average (.352), hits (44) and on-base percentage (.453).
Since transitioning to catcher after playing most of 2008 at third base, Cox has found her groove at the plate. Cox, who was the team's offensive leader a season ago, has a .333 batting average, eight runs, four doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI, a .557 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage in BIG EAST play this season.
Junior transfer Stacia Dopudja has moved into the cleanup spot in the Red Storm lineup and has provided power in the middle of the order for St. John's. Dopudja is third on the team with a .304 batting average, eight doubles and 18 RBI, and second on the squad with seven home runs and a .557 slugging percentage.
Junior outfielder Shauntaine Harris has played well in BIG EAST games this season, batting 43 points higher in conference play. Harris is batting .293 in BIG EAST games and has seven runs, four doubles, a home run, six RBI and three steals against conference foes.
Freshman middle infielder Jenna Berger hit her first-two career home runs on Wednesday at Seton Hall. Berger now has five runs, a double and nine RBI in conference play.
The Hofstra Pride are 22-16 and 11-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association this season after going 45-13, 18-3 a year ago.
The Pride is led by head coach Bill Edwards who is 695-330-3 in 19 years with Hofstra.
The team returns 12 letterwinners along with seven starters and three pitchers.
Hofstra is batting .277 as a team and has an ERA of 2.12.
Junior Michele DePasquale paces the Pride with a .376 batting average, 47 hits, and 26 RBI in 38 games this season. The first baseman also has five doubles and two home runs on the year.
Senior Casey Fee is second on the squad with a .354 average in 37 games and paces the Pride with 29 runs and five triples.
Sophomore Sara Michalowski is second on the squad with 19 RBI and third on the team with a .295 batting average. The third baseman leads the team with seven doubles in 38 games.
Senior Kayleigh Lotti leads Hofstra with a 15-6 record and a 1.44 ERA this year. Lotti has 194 strikeouts in 150.2 innings this season to go along with 16 complete-games and five shutouts in 23 games started.
Freshman Erin Wade is second on the team with a 5-5 record and 31 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched this year.
The Red Storm continues its BIG EAST schedule this weekend when the team hosts Connecticut this Saturday, in a doubleheader at noon at Red Storm Field before taking on Providence in a two-game set at home for senior day at noon.