JAMAICA, NY - The Iona College baseball team stunned St. John's 14-4 in non-conference action at Kaiser Stadium. The Gaels (16-26) snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Red Storm, earning their first win since the 2000 campaign.
The Maroon & Gold continued its torrid offensive streak reaching double digits on the scoreboard for the third straight game and for the fourth time in the last six contests.
Iona's hottest hitters had the biggest games as juniors DH James Beck and 1B Michael Chiaravalloti combined for five hits and nine RBI in the win. Beck was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. He hit his team leading 21st double of the year moving into a tie for second place on Iona's single-season record book in the statistic. Beck stands five two-baggers away from Gael Hall of Famer Sam Tolisano's 26 set in 1984. He also hit his seventh home run of the year, a solo shot in the sixth inning. Beck's hitting streak extended to a career-best 10 games.
Chiaravalloti reached base all six of his plate appearances with three hits, a walk and two hit by pitches. He scored a run and drove in four more with the help of two doubles. Chiaravalloti has hit safely in 11 straight games and has raised his batting average nearly 100 points during the stretch. The average stands at .350 for the season for the Iona first baseman.
Rookie LF Joe Torres went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore SS Matt Kriss (Islip, NY) had two hits and three runs batted in and also scored twice in the game. Kriss recorded his fifth multiple hit game in his last six appearances. Juniors CF Dean Dignelli and 2B Eric Capowski each scored three times in the win.
Junior LHP Colin Lyall (1-3) had his finest outing in his first season on the rubber, tossing eight plus innings to earn his first collegiate win. Lyall allowed four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts on 125 pitches. He retired 18 straight batters after hitting a batter to lead off his third inning.
The Gaels earned their first win over the Red Storm since Mar. 23, 2000. It is just the program's fourth win in its last 32 tries dating back to 1973. The victory snapped St. John's 15-game home winning streak - including all 12 this season - and an 18-game winning streak against MAAC opponents. Fairfield's 18-13 win on Mar. 22, 2005 marked the conference's last win against the Red Storm.
After defeating Villanova earlier this season, the Gaels will look to remain unbeaten vs. the BIG EAST this season when they face Rutgers tomorrow at 1:00 pm.
Score by Innings R H E Iona College........ 120 501 104 - 14 14 0 St. John's.......... 200 000 002 - 4 6 2