St. John's was busy this past week, playing six games. The Red Storm dropped two games to non-conference foes while winning the opening BIG EAST series against Georgetown.
The Red Storm's winning streak was snapped at seven games when Columbia's pitching shut down St. John's. Nine Columbia pitchers held the St. John's offense to 7 hits and 1 run.
Game 1 - St. John's 3, Georgetown 10
Game 2 - St. John's 13-10
St. John's spilt the doubleheader against Georgetown to open BIG EAST play as the Red Storm lost 10-3 in the opener before earing a 13-10 victory in game two. Senior Alex Caruso went 4-for-5 in the first game, while junior Michael Donadio finished 3-for-4 with one RBI. Junior Joe Nellis took the loss, allowing six runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Junior Troy Dixon finished 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's in game two. Sophomore Jamie Galazin (2-for-5) and Donadio (2-for-3) added three RBI apiece while freshman Josh Shaw (3-for-4) and sophomore Jesse Berardi (2-for-5) each had two RBI. Senior Thomas Hackimer (4-0) kept his undefeated record by pitching five strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless frames.
Senior righty Kevin Torres earned the win with 3.1 scoreless innings of relief to give St. John's the series win over their BIG EAST foe.
Junior Gui Gingras hit the tie-breaking RBI single in the eighth inning which proved to be the difference in the win. Gingras finished 3-for-4 to help lead St. John's, while Michael Donadio was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Jamie Galazin went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Red Storm powered past Albany with 16 hits, 17 RBIs and 6 walks. The entire St. John's lineup had only 4 strikeouts in the game, with no batters striking out more than once.
Jesse Berardi registered the Red Storm's first multi-home run game since 2011, launching a pair of home runs in the game. The Red Storm used a seven-run second and an eight-run eighth to secure the victory over Albany.
St. John's had a season-high five errors that led to four unearned runs in their loss to Princeton. Sophomore Anthony Brocato went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead the Red Storm. Michael Donadio was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Alex Caruso was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Matt Messier (1-2) took the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, in 2.1 innings.
St. John's (17-12-1, 2-1) returns to BIG EAST action and opens a three-game road series against Villanova (13-19, 2-1) with a 3:15 p.m. game on April 15. The Red Storm and the Wildcats are two of three teams tied atop league standings.