Belge Dazzles As St. John’s Dominates Hofstra, 12-4

Belge Dazzles As St. John’s Dominates Hofstra, 12-4

The Red Storm cruised to its 9th consecutive victory.
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The bats were on fire in a cross-town clash for the Johnnies in Hempstead on Wednesday, as the Red Storm routed Hofstra at University Field by a score of 12-4. This victory marked the ninth consecutive win for St. John’s, the longest winning streak since the team opened the season with eight straight wins.

Although the Pride played close throughout the first four innings, St. John’s broke through with 8 runs in the fifth, as the Red Storm was able to burn through three Hofstra pitchers in just 4.1 innings.

St. John’s 3B John Valente reached base 4 times throughout the course of the day, going 3-for-4 with a sac fly, a walk, 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored, as the graduate student has now reached base in 48 consecutive games, extending the longest streak in the country.

While the bats were certainly impressive for St. John’s on Wednesday, coach George Brown’s pitching staff put on a mesmerizing display for the majority of the game, as Hofstra only scored in one frame, plating four runs in the bottom of the sixth. St. John’s starter Jeff Belge earned his second victory in as many starts for the Red Storm, as the lefthander recorded 6 K’s and gave up just 2 hits over 5.0 IP.

During his last outing against Iona, Belge took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but on Wednesday, a leadoff double from Hofstra CF Steven Foster broke up a potential bid after just one pitch. Belge would go on to give up his only walk of the day later in the inning, but the left-handed fireballer quickly settled down, as he would only surrender a single in the third inning en route to retiring 12 of the final 13 batters that he faced.

With yet another scoreless outing under his belt, Belge earned his third win of the season, and has successfully lowered his ERA from 4.64 to 3.24 in just two starts. Considering he has retired 33 of his last 39 batters, Belge has solidified himself as a difference maker in the St. John’s rotation.

Belge, who is one of only three members of the St. John’s pitching staff to be used in the rotation and in relief this year, made his 6th start of the season on Wednesday. And although his 36.2 IP pale in comparison to his rotation counterparts, the 6-foot-5 Southpaw has held opposing batters to a collective .150 batting average this season, .51 points lower than any other member of the starting rotation.

However, the Syracuse native has yet to be tested in BIG EAST play this season, as Belge has mainly held down the Red Storm’s midweek non-conference contests. His next scheduled start is next Wednesday at home against LIU Brooklyn, as the weekend rotation of Sean Mooney, Kevin Magee and Michael LoPresti is slated to face longtime rival Georgetown during the Red Storm’s 3 game set at Jack Kaiser Stadium this weekend.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Kelly

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Bryce Harper And Manny Machado Are In A Race To The World Series

This offseason, two of the biggest free agents in recent memory of Major League Baseball (MLB), but as time went on neither Machado or Harper had signed a blockbuster deal.

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Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are two of baseball's greatest rising stars, and fans and teams were waiting for the 2018-2019 offseason where both Machado and Harper were going to be on the free-agent market. Throughout the offseason, neither superstar had signed a contract yet, and as time got closer for players to report to Florida, and Arizona for spring training. After the two were able to sign their respective contract, now people are wondering which player will be able to win their first World Series trophy with their new team.

Throughout the MLB offseason, reporters and fans have been drooling to see what contracts two of the biggest free agents in recent memory would receive this year.

As the winter months came and went, neither Machado or Harper had a job for the 2019 MLB season, and when pitchers and catchers reported to camp, the thought actually occurred that Machado or Harper would have to be bagging groceries when it came to Opening Day. As the old saying goes, once the first domino falls, the rest come crashing down, and on February 20th, 2019 the San Diego Padres signed Manny Machado to a 10 year, $300 million deal. Eight days later the Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13 year $330 million deal. Both Machado and Harper had opportunities to win with their previous teams, neither was able to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy.

While the Padres are "a few years away" from contending to win, we saw this year where the Atlanta Braves were able to expedite the process by bringing farm talent to the big leagues. The Phillies, on the other hand, are in a win now scenario, with stars like Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, and Jake Arrieta, they have the chance to contend for the NL East and possibly a World Series title.

So, which star will be the first to get their rings fitted?

Bryce Harper, while Machado is an incredible player, he will have to go through the Colorado Rockies, which just extend future Hall of Famer Nolan Arenado and the Los Angeles Dodgers who will always contend for World Series titles. Harper, on the other hand, is going to a team that was one piece away from taking the division home a year ago, while it looks like Harper's former team the Washington Nationals will rebound after a mediocre year in their standards, and the aforementioned Atlanta Braves are the reigning division champs.

If the Phillies can get star pitcher Jake Arrieta back to CY Young form, and with the addition of veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the Phillies are in a great scenario to win the World Series for the first time since 2008.

While by no means is the contract Harper got favorable to the Phillies, they knew that Harper was the missing piece to win the World Series. Also, I'm not saying Machado and the Padres aren't going to contend for World Series in the future, just not as soon as the Phillies are. Now, if the Padres can pick up a star pitcher to have a stranglehold on their rotation *cough, cough Dallas Keuchel* then possibly they can contend for World Series in 2-3 years. But, as everything stands right now the Philadelphia Phillies, along with Bryce Harper are on their way to win a World Series before the San Diego Padres with Manny Machado.

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