QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John's took an early 4-0 lead and never looked back as the Holy Cross baseball team lost to tournament host St. John's, 13-4, in its second game of the Red Storm Tournament at Kaiser Stadium. With the decision, the squad moves to 6-7 on the season while the Red Storm goes to 9-9. Juniors Alex Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Patrick Puentes (East Greenbush, N.Y.) led the squad offensively, tallying a team-high two hits and combining for one run scored.
The Red Storm jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning, getting to senior starter Nate Koneski (North Dighton, Mass.) for four hits, including a bases clearing triple. The Crusaders scattered four hits over the first four innings but could not score as St. John's tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the sixth, including three from a home run to take a 9-0 lead.
Freshman Collin Manning (Charlotte, N.C.) replaced Koneski on the mound in the top of the fifth and pitched three scoreless innings. The Crusaders worked through four St. John's pitchers in the top of the eighth, loading the bases and scoring four times. Sophomore Ted Cullinane (East Greenwich, R.I.) scored his first collegiate run on a hit by pitch RBI by junior Jordan Enos (Stockton, Calif.) while Puentes scored the second run on a wild pitch after singling in his at-bat. Enos and freshman Jack St. Clair (Newton, Mass.) finished the inning with runs scored on an error by the St. John left fielder as Holy Cross pulled within five runs, 9-4.
St. John's collected four additional runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull back out to a 13-4 lead as Holy Cross could not score in the top of the ninth, falling by the final 13-4 score.
Koneski picked up the losing decision on the day, falling to a record of 1-1 overall. He pitched four innings allowing nine runs, four earned on 11 hits while striking out three. St. John's starter, Kyle Hansen, earned the winning decision, improving to 1-4 on the season. He pitched seven scoreless innings allowing just six hits and strking out seven. In all, Holy Cross scored four runs on eight hits, making one error while St. John's scored 13 runs on 15 hits, also making one error.
Holy Cross continues wraps up action at the Red Storm Tournament at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon against Albany.