St. John’s Squeezes Out Narrow 2-1 Victory Over Georgetown

St. John’s Squeezes Out Narrow 2-1 Victory Over Georgetown

The Red Storm improves to 9-0 in BIG EAST play.

Despite a 62-14 all time record against Georgetown prior to Sunday’s contest, St. John’s had the home crowd at Jack Kaiser Stadium sweating throughout the entirety of the game. However, it was the dominance of the bullpen, combined with the late inning heroics of the Red Storm’s formidable lineup that drove the Johnnies to their 12th consecutive win.

After Michael LoPresti allowed only 1 ER on 3 hits over the course of 6+ IP, Head Coach Ed Blankmeyer turned to his lights out bullpen, bringing in the left-handed sidearm phenom, Turner French, and his dominant 0.00 ERA. French has only allowed 20 batters to reach base this season, good enough for a WHIP of 0.89, the second lowest amongst St. John’s relievers, only behind Gavin Hollowell, who posts a WHIP of 0.82.

On Sunday, French and Hollowell combined for 4 innings of relief, as the deadly duo only allowed 3 Georgetown batters to reach base all afternoon. After Hollowell retired the Hoyas in order in the top of the 10th, the Johnnies came to bat in the bottom of the inning, where LF Josh Greene worked a one-out walk, quickly followed by a gargantuan double from 3B John Valente, placing two runners in scoring position for St. John’s. Valente’s double was the grad student’s only hit on the day, however, it extended his on-base streak to 51 games, the longest streak in the country.

The very next at-bat, CF Jamie Galazin wasted no time at all, dropping a squeeze bunt on the very first pitch he saw, driving in Greene and sealing the 2-1 victory for the Red Storm. Although Galazin’s bunt couldn’t drive the ball more than 6 inches away from home plate, Greene narrowly avoided a tag, as he sidestepped Georgetown catcher Ryan Davis, and hastily slapped the edge of the plate with the tip of his fingers as he dove in for the winning run. The walk-off win was the second of its kind for St. John’s in as many weeks, as Josh Shaw played hero for the Red Storm last Saturday against Creighton.

With this victory, the Johnnies have established themselves as the Kings of the Big East, sitting atop the conference with a perfect record of 9-0 after clean sweeps of Villanova, Creighton, and now Georgetown. Sunday’s win was the first time St. John’s had scored less than 4 runs since March 31, and the team’s first win with 2 or less runs since February 17.

Although the offense was stifled on Sunday, the Red Storm bats will look to reignite on Wednesday against LIU Brooklyn at Jack Kaiser Stadium. The Blackbirds have shown signs of vulnerability this season, as they’ve given up 5 or more runs in 7 of their last 11 games, including a 20-2 loss at the hands of Bryant University on April 7. Additionally, LIU batters will face a challenge in the midweek contest, as red-hot lefty Jeff Belge will take to the mound for St. John’s. Belge has retired 33 of his last 39 batters over his previous two outings, including a dominant 6 strikeout performance against Hofstra, and 6+ innings of no-hit ball against Iona.

St. John’s will look to win its 13th straight contest on Wednesday at 3 pm, before the team heads to Cincinnati for a 3-game set with Xavier.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Kelly

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

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.


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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