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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

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The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

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Storm take two from Pitt

St. John’s dominated the second
game of a double-header Saturday,
pounding Pittsburgh with a decisive
15-1 victory at Jack Kaiser Stadium.

The Red Storm (20-12, 8-4 Big
East) won the weekend series against
Pittsburgh (15-16, 8-6) 2-1, improving
their all-time record against Pitt to 22-
3 in 25 meetings against the Panthers.

The game was over shortly after it
began as junior third baseman Gil
Zayas sparked the offense with a solo
homerun in the second inning and a
three RBI hit in a huge collective ninerun
effort in the fourth inning. Zayas
igned the offense and gave the Red
Storm an early 10-0 lead by the bottom
of the fourth inning.

Everyone contributed. “[The team]
had clutch hits and doubles,” said
coach Ed Blankmeyer of the last game
against Pitt. “[With] nine runs in an
inning, the game is pretty much over.”

St. Johns went on to score five
more runs in the next three innings.
Junior lefty George Brown pitched
one of his best games of the season,
giving up only one run and a leadoff
double in the first inning, holding the
Panthers for the rest of the game to just
one more runner in scoring position.

In 7.1 innings of play, Brown had
four strike-outs, no walks, allowed
seven hits and gave up one run early in
the first inning.

Zayas went four-for-five with four
runs and four RBIs and hit his third
and fourth homeruns of the season.
“It was his first time hitting two
homeruns in a single game,”
Blankmeyer said. “He tied the game in
the first and made the game out of
reach in the fourth.”

Junior outfielder Chris Anninos,
the teams leader in batting (.484),
slugging (.710), and on-base percentage
(.556) in conference play, went
two-for-four and had four RBIs.

St. John’s 8, Pittsburgh 1
Red Storm pitcher Matt Tosoni had
his best outing of the season, tossing a
complete game four hitter in game one
of a double header against Pittsburgh

Tosoni pitched his second complete
game of his career (the teams first of the
season) in his fourth Big East appearance
and first start of the season. He allowed
four hits, had four strike-outs and walked
just one Panther in the contest.

Pittsburgh 10, St. John’s 9
St. John’s dropped the weekend
series opener to Pittsburgh Friday 10-9
in a game that was down to the wire
until the final out.

The Red Storm batted through the
lineup in the bottom of the ninth
inning, but ultimately fell one run
short of knotting the contest. Chris
Joachim was unable to plate the tying
run with the bases loaded and two outs
to end the game.

Brendan Mongahan and Anninos
led the St. John’s offense with two
RBIs each. Zayas also had a strong day
at the plate, going three for five with
one run scored.

St. John’s is back in action this
weekend when they travel to conference
rival Georgetown for a three
game series.

?? The team is on the road for the
next five games of the season before
returning home to face Princeton.
?? Zayas earned Big East Player-ofthe-
Week-Honors, while Tosoni earned
Big East Pitcher-of-the-Week Honors
based on their performances in the Pitt series.

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