Johnnies pick up first win of the season
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IAN MURPHY (Photo: STJ Athletics
IAN MURPHY (Photo: STJ Athletics
The St. John's baseball team picked up its first win of the season in convincing fashion, dominating 19th-ranked Georgia Tech on both sides of the ball in an 11-1 victory at Russ Chandler Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The win marked the first of the Mike Hampton era and Red Storm's (1-2) third straight against an ACC foe during regular season play since 2017. The Johnnies topped North Carolina in a midweek matchup during both the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.

The Red Storm has now claimed at least one win against a ranked opponent in each of the last six seasons.

Ian Murphy registered the best outing of his St. John's tenure, surrendering just two hits in five scoreless innings while walking three and striking out a career-high nine batters. He threw 97 pitches, 55 of which were for strikes.

Making just his second collegiate start, freshman Jake Lazzaro tallied his second three-hit game in as many tries, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Lazzaro was one of two Johnnies to tally three hits on the afternoon, as Mitchell Henshaw singled and scored three times

Justin Folz brought the power for the Red Storm, leaving the yard for the Johnnies' first home run of the season and ripping a double during a two-RBI performance.

Freshman Dominic Coombe gave up one hit in two innings of scoreless relief during his St. John's debut. The 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out one and walked one. Chris Stefl tossed a one-run eighth before Ethan Routzahn shut the door with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Red Storm returns to action on Friday, traveling to California for a three-game set with the Golden Bears.
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