Three weeks into the season, the St. John’s baseball team heads into their spring break road trip Friday in a major funk at the plate.
The Red Storm hit .184 and scored 10 runs in their first six games this year. Old Dominion and Kentucky pitched shutouts against St. John’s (1-5) last weekend during the ODU Baseball Tournament. The shutouts were sandwiched around a 4-3 loss to Saint Joseph's.
St. John’s, however, faced a similar predicament last year. They hit .204 through 11 games before batting .320 over their next 17 contests. Is a similar turnaround in the cards starting this weekend?
The Johnnies start a three-game set at Florida Atlantic University (6-2) in Boca Raton. The Owls head into this weekend’s series on a three-game winning streak. Their pitching staff is coming off an impressive performance in which four pitchers combined to throw 11 strikeouts while holding North Florida to three hits and no earned runs in a 2-1 win Tuesday. Senior Kevin Alexander earned his third save of the year. FAU’s ERA stands at 3.00.
St. John’s sends their ace James Lomangino (0-1) to the mound Friday to start the series. He sports a 2.25 ERA through two starts with seven strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings pitched. Ryan McCormick (0-1) starts Saturday’s contest. He’s struggled this season, allowing seven runs in 9 and 1/3 innings. The Red Storm haven’t announced a starter for Sunday’s game.
Robert Wayman, one of four junior college transfers who made their Division I debut two weekends ago, starts the season on a tear for St. John’s. He’s reached base safely in all six games this season and has a hit in five games. Wayman sports a .360 on-base percentage while a .304 batting average.
St. John’s plays Florida Memorial March 4 before heading to Nebraska next weekend to play a three-game series against the Cornhuskers. The Johnnies play one more road game March 11 before making their home debut the next day against FDU, a game that can be seen on ESPN3.