Red Storm improve record to .500
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The St. John’s softball team reached .500 for the first time since the start of March after sweeping Georgetown in Saturday’s doubleheader at Red Storm Field.

In game one, the Red Storm (15-15, 4-1 Big East) topped the Hoyas (9-24, 2-3), 12-4, in six innings on a walk-off single by Natalie Giroux.

Following a Marissa Rizzi solo homer in the top of the sixth, the Johnnies strung together three-straight singles, including an RBI base knock by Laura Delgado, before Giroux forced the run rule on a hit to left-center.

Senior Madison Morris continued to fool her opponents, striking out seven batters through the first three innings and fanning ten in her shortened complete game.

All of St. John’s starters crossed the plate at least once for the Red Storm in the opening game of the weekend slate.

In the second game, the Red Storm pushed across runs in the final five innings to take Georgetown down, 10-2, in six frames.

For the third time this season, Laura Delgado recorded the game-winning hit for the Johnnies. Six days after walking off against Providence, the junior utility player did the same against the Hoyas.

After Peyton Cody lined a double to left and scored on a wild pitch to take a 9-2 lead, Delgado roped an RBI single to left-center, bringing Kaitlin Mattera around to score and run-ruling Georgetown for the second-straight contest. Delgado added two hits and two runs to her credit.

After three scoreless innings of work for freshman Angela Saric, Georgetown tagged the right-hander with two runs in the fourth to tie the game. From that point forward, the New Jersey native retired seven of the next nine batters before the Red Storm closed out the game.

Saric recorded a career-high six strikeouts while allowing just three hits in her 11th start of the season.

The Red Storm heads to LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday for a midweek game slated for 3:30 p.m.

For her efforts, the junior was been named to her first Big East weekly honor roll.

Delgado picks up her second career conference accolade nearly a year after being named Big East Player of the Week. This also marks the tenth time this season that a St. John’s player has been recognized by the Big East.

Delgado paced the Red Storm offense with a .625 batting average, five hits and three runs scored in the rain-shortened series against the Hoyas.

Her RBI single to left-center in the sixth frame marked the third time in March that the Johnnies’ utility player has driven in the winning run to end the contest. Delgado’s first walk-off hit came on March 9 against USC Upstate after she extended the game in the top of the seventh inning with a two-out, two-run single to right.

She recorded her second game-ending hit two weeks later, taking down Big East foe Providence, 6-5, in ten frames on March 24.

Through 20 appearances in 2019, Delgado has recorded six of her 18 hits and five of her seven RBIs in the sixth inning or later.
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