QUEENS, N.Y. -
The game was scoreless up until the fifth inning when St. John’s (40-8, 13-4 BIG EAST) scored five runs to break open the game on Friday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium in Queens, N.Y. The Wildcats (13-33, 4-13 BIG EAST) were able to produce seven hits, while junior Ryan Doty (Rye, N.Y.) was able to control the Red Storm for four innings against an impressive offensive lineup.
In the first two innings, Doty shut down St. John’s with back to back one-two-three innings. During both innings, he was able to get out of innings quick with the help of his defense who kept turning double plays. In the third inning, St. John’s had a runner at third, but Doty got John Valente to fly out to left field to end the inning. Doty continued his success when he had yet another quick three outs to end the fourth inning.
Gui Gingras started getting things going offensively for the Red Storm in the bottom of the fifth inning when he doubled down the right field line to begin the inning. Josh Shaw fouled out, but Troy Dixon got himself on base after he walked. Robbie Knights singled to right field to put the Johnnies on the board first. St. John’s put four more on the board in that inning to take a 5-0 lead. Freshman Tyler Arella (Middle Village, N.Y.) closed out the inning for the Wildcats and was able to strike out two to end the inning.
Arella shut down the Johnnies with a one-two-three inning in the sixth. Zach Lutner (Sicklervile, N.J.) and Jason Applegate (Columbus, N.J.) finished the next two innings with an inning each. Applegate did not allow a hit or run and struck out one.
Throughout the game, the Wildcats were able to pick up seven hits, all from seven different Wildcats. Doug deMarrais (Bernardsville, N.J.) reached third after he walked and moved over on a groundout and then moved to third after Juan De La Espriella (Westin, Fla.) singled to center field. With two outs and a runner at third, Joe LaSorsa came in to pitch for Kevin Magee. LaSorsa got Timothy Lilly (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) to fly out to end the inning.
Kevin Magee pitched three and two thirds inning as he only allowed four hits, while striking out six. Joe LaSorsa pitched four and a third innings while allowing three hits and striking out four. Joe Kelly finished the final inning for the Red Storm. All three St. John’s pitchers did not give up any runs.
St. John's had eight hits throughout the game, including two from Robbie Knights who came up big for the Red Storm in the fifth inning. Knightes also hit a triple in the seventh and scored on a wild pitch.
Donovan May (Newark, Del.), Tyler Bruno (Breinigsville, Pa.), Ryan Toohers (Florham Park, N.J.), Doug deMarrais, Zander Retamar (Boca Raton, Fla.), David Gulati (Collegeville, Pa.), and Juan De La Espriella were the five Wildcats were each had a hit today. Toohers, Bruno, and deMarrais all have a three-game hit streak going.
The Wildcats will play the final game of the series tomorrow, which also begins at 1:00 p.m. Senior Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) will take the mound for the last time tomorrow.