STJ ‘squeezes’ out a win
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The St. John’s baseball team continued its winning ways in thrilling fashion on Sunday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium, as Josh Greene narrowly avoided the tag on a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the 10th to seal a sweep of Georgetown and bump the Red Storm’s winning streak to 12 with a 2-1 victory.

The Johnnies (26-10, 9-0 Big East) have swept each of their first three series in conference play and are off to their second best start to a conference season in program history.

Only the 1991 squad, which claimed its first 10 conference decisions, won more games to start a league season than the 2018 Johnnies. Since the league realigned prior to the start of the 2014 season, no Big East team had begun conference play with more than six consecutive victories.

Tied at one entering the bottom of the 10th, Greene worked a one-out walk before John Valente launched a double to the warning track in left, giving the Red Storm runners on second and third for Jamie Galazin.

The senior then executed one of the most exciting plays in baseball, dropping down a squeeze bunt in front of the plate.

Georgetown catcher Ryan P. Davis fielded it cleanly and attempted to retire a charging Greene, but the sophomore evaded the tag and spun his way toward home plate, sealing the unconventional walk-off.

By virtue of his 10th-inning two-bagger, Valente has now reached base in 51-straight games, the longest active streak in the nation.

Over the course of their three-game set with Georgetown, St. John’s starters allowed just one run in 17 innings of work.

Through the first nine games of conference play, the weekend rotation of Michael LoPresti, Sean Mooney and Kevin Magee has combined to allow just six earned runs in 57.2 frames, good enough for a 0.94 ERA.

St. John’s was scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, playing host to LIU Brooklyn at 3 p.m.
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