Although Red Storm programs have generally struggled, individual performances shone through in the midst of a tumultuous week of sports.
The spring season is officially underway for Red Storm as teams are launched into Big East games. While some teams have experienced individual and team successes, others have been at the opposite end of the spectrum. Johnnies have struggled overall in the Big East competition – lacrosse and baseball are last on the Big East rankings, and softball is number two from the bottom.
However, hope is not completely lost for Red Storm fans: Women’s tennis won its 10th match in a row, defeated DePaul 5-2, reached 10 wins in a row for the first time since 2005, and lacrosse broke a program record in his face-off against Marquette .
Plagued by large loss losses throughout the season, both baseball and softball fought this week against the conference competition; while softball were able to win a game in their three-game series against Butler, baseball went 0-3 against Connecticut and lost by as many as 13 runs.
Lacrosse’s Jonathan Huber sets new program record for goals scored
Lacrosse – though boasting a measly 2-9 record – made history this week when Jonathan Huber broke a program record for goals scored in a single match, according to a press release. In an impressive display on Saturday, April 9, the striker scored eight goals against Big East rival Marquette, which ended in a 23-13 loss. Huber is now equal with the most goals in a single match in the country this season.
Huber and Brian Kelly all scored 13 goals for Johnnies against Marquette and hit the mark on 22 attempted shots.
Marquette freshman Bobby O ‘Grady scored eight goals in this weekend’s matchup, leading the Golden Eagles to their easy victory. In an initial scoring drought, it was only 12:52 left in the half that Johnnies managed to score while Marquette had already scored 5 goals. The two teams scored a total of 36 goals, most in a St. John’s match since an overtime victory against Hofstra 19-18 in 2021.
Huber has scored 33 goals this season so far, right up to third place in the Big East. 11 of these goals have been in the last two outings. Because of his exemplary performance, Huber did Big East Weekly Honor Rollsecond time this season and fourth of his career.
There are only three games left in Lacrosse’s regular season. Their next match-up is on April 16 against the University of Denver in Colorado, another Big East competitor.
Baseball destroyed in the Big East Opener by No. 25 Connecticut, manages the win versus Hofstra
Baseball fell in three games this week and continued their losing streak in a terrible season. Against No. 25 Connecticut, the team went goalless in two of the competitions, losing 13-0 on April 9 and 10-0 on April 10. The first game of the series, April 8, fought Red Storm stronger. , but still fell 12-7.
Notable moments in the series include Kevin Michaels hitting a grand slam – the second of a player this season – and pitcher Ben Adams allowing only a earned run of 3.1 innings in the first game of the series.
After this tough performance, the team turned around and beat Hofstra 6-4 on April 12 in a victory that included a strong pitching lineup to help the batsmen secure the victory. Each starter reached the base once for Johnnies, and the first seven in a row reached at least twice. Pitcher Vincent Bianchi got the win – his first of the season – and hit 3.1 unbeaten innings.
While the team is able to hold out at Jack Kaiser Stadium – with 9-5 at home – they have so far been very unsuccessful when they were not at home. With 17 away games this season, they have won only two of these competitions.
St. John’s has only endured one losing season three times since World War II, including the most recent season 2020-21. With 22 games left of the season, it would require a complete turnaround for the program – which is currently 12-21 on the season – in order not to have a continuous losing season.
Softball fights, pulls a win in a losing series versus butler
Against Big East rival Butler, Softball were able to win a victory on the final day of their three-game series. In the series opener, on April 8, Johnnies was defeated 10-1. According to NCAA Division I rules, when they were down by more than eight or more runs in the fifth inning, the game ran only in five innings instead of the typical seven.
The next game the following day, the Red Storm posed a stronger challenge to the Bulldogs. With timely strike in the first inning, St. scored. John’s to runs. However, they did not score in the rest of the match, and a single run inning in the first and a two-run homerun in the fourth gave Butler the victory, 3-2.
The Red Storm finally turned the bat on in the third game of the series on April 12, winning 8-3. Junior Amy Mallah and freshman Anese Thompson were the stars on the plate. Mallah went 3-on-4 with a triple and four RBIs, while Thompson hit a three-run homerun to drive Red Storm to victory. On the mound, freshman Carolina Zamudio got her fourth win of the season as she only gave up six hits after pitching the entire game.
Women’s tennis wins 10th game in a row
In a 5-2 win over DePaul, Women’s Tennis took its 10th win in a row. This impressive streak ties their longest since 2005, placing them at the top of the Big East. They have a perfect 6-0 record in conference play, led by Jayden Neilsen, who got his 10th single victory in a row. Yesica De Lucas also stood out this week in a straight set victory to complement Neilson’s victory.
Johnnies have one last chance in the regular season to extend their winning streak as they play Providence on Thursday, April 14th.