Queens, NY - Hofstra scored three eighth inning runs to erase a 2-1 deficit and held on to post a 4-2 win over St. John’s Wednesday afternoon. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pride.
Hofstra improved to 15-19 overall with the win, while St. John’s dipped to 13-20. The win was Hofstra's first over the Red Storm since the 2009 season.
Andrew Barbarino worked a scoreless inning of relief to earn the victory and improved to 3-0 on the season. Brett Schreiber threw the final two innings to notch his team-best fourth save of the year. Mike Sheppard III (1-1) took the loss for St. John’s, allowing three runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
St. John's took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sean O'Hare was hit by a John Tiedemann offering to start the inning and went to third on a Zach Lauricella double to deep center. Danny Bethea followed with an RBI groundout before Brennan made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single to left.
Hofstra got on the board in the sixth with as Austin Nyman led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt. After a steal of third, Robbie Cafiero plated Nyman with an RBI groundout.
The Pride took the lead for good in the eighth as Nyman singled up the middle to lead off the inning and stole second before Cafiero hit an RBI single through the right side to tie the game. Kevin Brantley then singled and moved to second on the throw to third to put runners on second and third. That ended Sheppard’s day as the Red Storm turned to Thomas Hackimer to escape the jam. He induced a groundout with the infield drawn in, but Kenny Jackson followed with a two-run single up the middle to give the Pride a 4-2 lead.
St. John’s brought the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth as Lauricella singled to lead off the inning, but Danny Bethea lined into a 4-3 double play. Jimmy Brennan then walked, but Schreiber struck out pinch hitter Robert Case to end the game.
Cafiero and Jackson both had two RBIs to lead Hofstra, while Nyman had two hits and scored a pair of runs.
Tiedemann went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Hofstra is back in action this Friday when it hosts Old Dominion in the opening game of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series.