With the victory, the Red Storm (12-10) has now swept three-straight weekend sets and won nine of its last 10 overall.
The Johnnies’ 16 runs and 16 hits both set season highs. The Red Storm’s nine runs in the eighth inning marked the most productive frame for the team since recording a 10-spot in the fourth inning of a 34-7 win at Xavier on April 28 of last season.
Entering the weekend, St. John’s had scored nine runs in a game just four times on the campaign.
Wyatt Mascarella went 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead six Johnnies with multiple hits on the afternoon. Ryan Hogan drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 performance while Mike Antico and Carson Bartels each tallied two hits and a pair of RBIs. Sean McGeehan also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Andrew DuPont logged the first two hits of his St. John’s career in his first start as a member of the Red Storm, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Ryan Markey brought home three runs with his lone hit of the afternoon, a bases-clearing triple in the eighth.
The Red Storm jumped out to an early lead for the second time in as many games this weekend, as Bartels ripped a one-out single through the left side in the game’s second at-bat before swiping second and taking third on a wild pitch.
Mascarella then battled before knocking a 3-2 fastball into center field for a single, scoring Bartels and giving the Red Storm a 1-0 lead after one.
Following a scoreless second frame for both sides, the Johnnies tacked on four runs in the top of the third. Rudy Aguilar and Antico led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Bartels walked to give the Red Storm the bases loaded with no outs.
A passed ball allowed Aguilar to come home before Antico scored on a wild pitch two batters later. The Red Storm was not done yet, as McGeehan laced a single to plate Bartels before DuPont dropped a double into left, scoring McGeehan with his first career hit and putting St. John’s ahead by five heading into the home half of the third.
The Red Storm added two more in the top of the fifth, as Hogan poked a bases-loaded single into center with two outs, scoring Mascarella and McGeehan, each of whom recorded base knocks to set the table for the redshirt sophomore. DuPont also drew a two-out walk before the Hogan hit.
Saint Louis added a single fun in the bottom of the fifth and two in the home half of the seventh, pulling within four, 7-3, entering the top of the eighth. With their lead down to its smallest margin since the third inning, the Johnnies responded authoritatively in the frame.
St. John’s pushed across eight runs before the Billikens recorded their first out, nine in total. Antico, Bartels, Markey and Hogan all registered RBI hits in the frame, with three of those knocks bringing home multiple runs. Markey delivered the most productive hit of the inning with a bases-loaded, bases-clearing triple down the left field line.
The Red Storm return to action this week with a pair of contests on Tuesday and Wednesday, welcoming Saint Peter’s to The Jack before hosting inter-borough foe Columbia.