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.
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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.

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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The ball club that is starting to lose its rhythm as of late.

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The team has developed a strong farm system from the acquisitions of Justus Sheffield, Kyle Lewis, and Jarred Kelenic. It might be a while until we start seeing consistent success from this team. It feels like every year we get so close to making the playoffs and then we end up short every season. I hope to see the ball club keep their top prospects and build something that will benefit the team in the long run.

During a press release from Baseball America with general manager Jerry Dipoto, he explained how he is looking for a team that is versatile and athletic. By getting rid of a lot of these big contracts from their old core of players the Mariners were able to get key prospects that will soon be making a big appearance. The only good thing that can come from the Mariners starting to tank is that we can see these top prospects in action as early as this season. However, the team currently stands at 2nd in the AL West behind the Houston Astros.

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