QUEENS, N.Y. -
An early seven run inning helped the St. John’s Red Storm (38-9, 12-4 BIG EAST) cruise past Villanova (13-32, 4-12 BIG EAST) in BIG EAST Conference play at Jack Kaiser Stadium in Queens N.Y. on Thursday afternoon. Despite the loss, the Wildcats were able to produce one run on ten hits. Sophomore Juan De La Espriella (Westin, Fla.) entered the game in the sixth inning and went two for two on the day.
St. John’s started the game off with a powerful first inning led by a two-out, three-run homerun by senior Gui Gingras. From there, the Red Storm was able to plate four more runs in the first inning to take a 7-0 lead. St. John’s plated seven runs off seven hits and continued to rack in the runs in the following inning to extend their lead to ten.
Throughout the game, St. John’s scored runs in five of the eight innings of play. The Wildcats did not allow St. John’s to score in the third, sixth, and eighth innings.
The Wildcats were able to collect ten hits offensively. Donovan May (Newark, Del.) ruined Sean Mooney’s no hit game in the very first inning after he singled to right center. Freshman Ryan Toohers (Florham Park, N.J.) went two for four on the day. He singled up the middle in the second inning and also singled to center field in the fourth inning.
JP Radvany (Lawrenceville, N.J.) was also successful on the day as he went two for three, which included two doubles and a walk. Sophomore Juan De La Espriella came into the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. De La Espriella had two at-bats and singled both times he came to the plate.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Wildcats were able to get one across after Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.) doubled to right center and moved to third on a pass ball. Senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) singled through the left side to bring in Bruno and give the Wildcats a run. With Czinege’s hit, he now has 243 career hits, which gives him sole possession of second place in the Villanova baseball career hit list.
De La Espriella, Radvany, and Toohers each had two hits on the day, while Bruno, May, Czinege, and Timothy Lilly (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) all had one hit each.
The Wildcats used five different pitchers through eight innings. Jonathan Rosero (Middle Village, N.Y.) earned the start for Villanova, but suffered the loss. John Santoianni (Souderton, Pa.), Jake Esp (Sugar Grove, Ill.), Andrew Owen (Chicago, Ill.), and Ryan Pfutzenreuter (Deerfield, Ill.) all combined to pitch in relief. Freshman Pfutzenreuter pitched two complete innings and only allowed two hits, while keeping the Red Storm scoreless, while striking out two. Esp also struck out two, while Owen struck out one.
Freshman Sean Mooney pitched six complete innings for the Red Storm only allowing four hits, while striking out four. Aaron Herr pitched the next two innings and also allowed four hits, while striking out one. Matt Messier closed out the game for the Red Storm by pitching the ninth inning and allowed two hits and struck out one as well.
St. John’s collected 15 hits, six of those came from Jamie Galazin and Josh Shaw who both had three hits each, while Galazin had four RBI.
Villanova and St. John’s will continue the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.