March 4, 2007
BEAUMONT - St. John's scored 13 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 14-3 win over Lamar University Sunday afternoon at Vincent-Beck Stadium in the final game of the Lamar Classic.
Lamar, who has lost two straight after posting an eight-game winning streak, dropped to 9-5 on the season. St. John's improved to 2-7. After playing 11 straight home games, the Cardinals hit the road Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game at the University of Houston.
St. John's wasted little time in getting on the board against Lamar starter Matt Morgal. Brian Kemp, who was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, singled up the middle to lead off the game and Ryan Mahoney followed with a 2-run home run to right center field. Anthony Smith hit a solo home run to right field. Gil Zayas doubled to left center and scored on Brendan Monaghan's single to right field for a quick 4-0 lead.
The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the first inning. Erik Kanaby walked and Ryan Baker followed with a 2-run home run to left field, which was his first homer of the season to make the score 4-2.
The Red Storm added six more runs in the second inning. Jeff Grantham led off the inning with a double down the left field line and scored on Kemp's single up the middle. Sam DeLuca and Chris Joachim both walked to load the bases.
Smith, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and six RBI, cleared the bases with a 3-run double down the right field line. Daniel Rose delivered a 2-run single to left field to push the lead to 10-2.
The Cardinals threatened in the home half of the second inning. Brian Lloyd reached on an error by Grantham at shortstop and David Moore drew a walk. Erik Kanaby singled to right field to load the bases. It also extended Kanaby's hitting streak to 19 games, which ties him with Jerald Clark and Jordan Foster for the second-longest streak in school history. Baker ended the rally by grounding into a double play.
St. John's added three more runs in the third inning. Kemp led off with a double down the left field line and Mahoney reached when third baseman Travis Dunson
dropped a popup on the infield. DeLuca singled in Kemp and Smith followed with a 2-run double down the right field line to extend the lead to 13-2.
The Red Storm added a run in the top of the eighth inning. Rose doubled down the left field line and scored on single to right field by Mahoney, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Lamar closed out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tylor Prudhomme led off the winning with a walk and advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Baker. Collin DeLome drove in Prudhomme with a ground out second. Baker finished the game going 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Morgal (1-2) took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing six runs on seven hits in one inning of work. Matt Gore turned in a solid relief effort, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Freshman Matison Smith saw the first action of his career, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Jared Yecker (1-2) started and picked up the win for St. John's. He allowed two runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. The Red Storm pounded out 17 hits, including eight for extra bases with eight doubles and two home runs.