Ryan Hogan had a career-day for the Red Storm, going 4-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored, falling a triple shy of the cycle. Hogan had never registered more than two hits in a game or hit a home run before Wednesday.
Wyatt Mascarella, Mike Antico, Mitchell Henshaw and Andrew DuPont all tallied two hits for the Johnnies, who remained undefeated in Queens with the win. Henshaw and Antico scored three times apiece and drove in a run, Mascarella tallied an RBI and DuPont logged a pair of RBI singles after entering the game as pinch hitter.
Bossard, Ryan Markey and Rudy Aguilar all doubled for their only hits of the afternoon Carson Bartels singled in his only at-bat of the game in the bottom of the 11th.
Gavin Hollowell earned his third win of the season by virtue of a 1-2-3 top of the 11th. Hollowell, Joe Kelly and Brian Hendry combined to throw 3.1 scoreless frames to help the Red Storm erase a three-run LIU advantage.
With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the first, Markey doubled to center before scoring on a Henshaw base knock up the middle, quickly putting St. John’s ahead 2-0. Next up was Hogan, who doubled over the head of the left fielder to score Henshaw from first and extend the Red Storm lead to three.
LIU answered with two unearned runs in the top of the second, cutting the Johnnies’ advantage to one. The Johnnies responded with another run in the home half of the frame, as Antico singled before stealing second and eventually coming around to score on a balk.
The Blackbirds knotted things up with two runs in the top of the fourth before the Red Storm jumped ahead again in the home half. Bossard worked a two-out walk and promptly scored when Mascarella smacked a two-bagger off the wall in right in the next at-bat, giving the Johnnies back the lead at 5-4.
The lead changed again with two LIU runs in the top of the fifth, but the Red Storm worked quickly to knot things up in the home half. Henshaw walked and advanced to second on a Hogan single before coming home on a DuPont base knock, tying the contest at six heading into the sixth.
In the top of the sixth, LIU Brooklyn tallied three hits, including an inside the park homer, to push across two runs and take an 8-6 lead after five and a half.
Hogan cut into the lead in the bottom of the seventh, dropping his first career home run into the St. John’s bullpen and trimming his team’s deficit to one, 8-7, heading into the eighth.
In that ensuing frame, LIU Brooklyn tacked on two more runs to make it a 10-7 game entering the ninth.
In need of three runs to extend the game, the Red Storm got just that in the bottom of the ninth. Henshaw walked, Hogan singled and Peter Abinanti was hit by a pitch in three-straight at-bats to lead off the frame, loading the bases for DuPont, who dropped an RBI single into left and plated the first run of the inning.
After Brandon Miller struck out for the inning’s first out, Antico and Bossard drew back-to-back run-scoring walks, tying the game at 10. The Red Storm had two chances at the game-winning hit, but Mascarella struck out looking and Markey popped out to end the inning.
LIU recorded a leadoff infield single in the 10th, but Kelly stranded the runner at third and preserved the tie heading into the bottom of the inning.
After St. John’s left a runner in scoring position in the 10th, Hollowell worked a lightning-quick, 1-2-3 top of the 11th before the Red Storm ended things in the home half.
Bartels ripped a leadoff single up the middle before being forced out at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of an Antico. Following a pitching change, Bossard belted the first pitch he saw off the wall in right center, scoring the speedy Antico all the way from first and ending the game.
St. John’s (19-13, 3-3 Big East) was looking to remain undefeated at home against non-conference opponents when the team was scheduled to welcome Fairleigh Dickinson to Jack Kaiser Stadium for a Tuesday tilt.
After playing a part in all three of St. John’s wins this past week, Hollowell has been named to the BigG East Weekly Honor Roll.
Hollowell, a 6-foot-7 right hander, went 1-0 with one save in a 3-2 week for the Johnnies, making appearances in all three of the Red Storm’s victories.
Against Albany, Hollowell entered the game in the top of the ninth with a one-run lead and faced just three batters to record his second save of the season.
Against LIU Brooklyn, Hollowell needed just seven pitches to get through a 1-2-3 top of the 11th before Brandon Bossard hit a walk-off double in the home half of the frame. Hollowell, a Second Team All-Big East pick in 2018, improved to 3-2 on the year with the victory.
Hollowell’s most impressive outing of the week came in his lone no-decision. Taking the ball in a tie game against Xavier to start the top of the ninth, Hollowell retired the first 13 batters he faced before allowing his lone his of the afternoon, a single, with one out in the top of the 13th.
He tossed 4.2 innings of shutout, one-hit ball and struck out three. The Johnnies eventually went on to walk off in the bottom of the 14th.