The St. John’s softball team finally arrived home last week after playing 19 games on the road to start the season, but their stay was short-lived.With surprisingly warm temperatures in the air, the Red Storm needed just five innings to blow out Fairfield in an 8-0 victory last Wednesday, a game that was played in just over one hour.
The Red Storm’s offense pounded ten hits in the winning effort.
Junior catcher Kacee Cox went 2-for-3 with three RBI while freshman shortstop Chrissy Montez went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run. Stacia Dopudja also added an RBI in a 1-for-2 performance.
“We came through with no outs, with one out, with two outs,”Kvilhaug said. “So there was a lot of clutch hitting that was going on. It was nice to see that people were staying within themselves and doing their jobs.”
The win moved the Red Storm to a 10-10 record in the 2010 campaign.
“I was extremely pleased with our overall team effort,” said head coach Amy Kvilhaug. “Obviously, our offense was great. We stayed within our individual plans and then the team’s plans.”
But it wasn’t just the Red Storm offense that came through against Fairfield. The Red Storm received strong pitching from junior Kat Lawrence, who improved her record to 6-2 on the season with the complete-game shutout victory.
“I was very happy with Kat’s performance today,” Kvilhaug said. “She spun the ball well.”
Lawrence surrendered just two hits and struck out five over five innings of work. Though she has a 6-2 record on the season, Lawrence has struggled at times, this season, entering the game with an ERA of over 5.00. Her performance, however, lowered that number to 4.79.
“It was a very good moral pickup,” she said. “I’ve struggled a bit this season, which I’m not used to. I stayed within myself, and I had great defense behind me.”
After Lawrence kept Fairfield off the board in the first, the Red Storm wasted no time getting their offense rolling, as they scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Cox lined an RBI double to right center field to score the first run of the day. Later in the inning, Fairfield pitcher Sarah Minice threw an illegal pitch-a pitch thrown with the pitcher’s foot off the rubber-with the bases loaded, which brought home Cox, before Dopudja lined an RBI single to make it 3-0.
With St. John’s leading 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Cox laced a two-out RBI single to right field. Then, with runners on second and third, Montez would hit her second career home run, a three-run home run to straightaway center field to put the Red Storm up 8-0.
After the two-out rally in the fourth, Lawrence would respond by retiring the Fairfield lineup in order, as she got Fairfield hitter Dani Griswold to ground out to third, which sent everyone home early, and sealed the shutout victory for St. John’s.
The Red Storm take on Hofstra today at 3 p.m.