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With hits hard to come by, St. John's blanked in Day 1 of Big East Baseball Tournament

St. John's moves to the loser's bracket, must beat Xavier today to advance.

If anyone was going to slow down the St. John's offense during the Big East Baseball Tournament, it was going to be Seton Hall's Josh Prevost. And that's exactly what he did Thursday night at MCU Park in Brooklyn.

Prevost retired the first 10 batters he faced and never looked back as he turned in a complete game effort in the Pirates' 1-0 win in the first round of the Big East Tournament.

St. John's now falls into the loser's bracket of the tournament and plays Xavier today at 4 p.m. The Red Storm must win to continue and would play the loser of the Creighton, Seton Hall game, which happens tonight at 7 p.m.

As you would expect in this type of game, the hits were few and far in between for St. John's and only managed to get one runner into scoring position.

Jarred Mederos finally hit a single in the fourth after Prevost started the game on a tear.

St. John's best chance to score came in the sixth inning when Robbie Knightes led off with a single. He advanced to second on a Tyler Sanchez sacrifice bunt. Knightes took third when Alex Caruso grounded out to second base. Prevost then fanned Mederos to end the threat.

Bret Dennis and Troy Dixon collected the other two hits for St. John's.

Red Storm starter James Lomangino was just as dominant at times in this game.

Seton Hall scored their only run in the second inning on two doubles. D.J. Ruhlman led off the inning with an extra-base hit. After Tyler Boyd struck out, Chris Selden hit a double of his own to plate Ruhlman for the only run of the game.

Lomangino pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing the run on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Prevost scattered four hits over nine innings with one walk and seven strikeouts.