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St. John’s men’s baseball heads to the NCAA Tournament

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The St. John’s Red Storm, with a record of 39-14, has earned the No. 4 seed in the Stillwater Regional bracket in the NCAA Tournament. This comes on the heels of winning their conference-record eighth BIG EAST Tournament earlier this month.

Included in their region are No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Arkansas and No. 3 Oral Roberts.

St. John’s is tied for ninth all-time with 35 NCAA Tournament appearances, including eight trips in the past 12 seasons, and nine appearances under head coach Ed Blankmeyer.

The Red Storm will be taking a 15-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament, tied as the second-longest active streak in the country.

“It’s nice to be back in an NCAA Tournament Regional,” Blankmeyer said. “This [Stillwater] Regional should be tremendously competitive. Our guys have worked hard to get to this point and are excited for the opportunity to continue the season.”

Oklahoma State earned an at-large bid into the tournament out of the Big 12 with a 37-18 record, while Arkansas also made the field as an at-large selection out of the SEC, boasting a record of 35-22. Oral Roberts has an impressive 41-14 record and secured an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Summit League championship.

St. John’s will open the NCAA Tournament against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Friday at 7 p.m.


St. John’s clinches Big East regular season title

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The St. John’s Red Storm clinched its conference-record eighth Big East regular season championship Saturday with a 5-0 win over the Xavier Musketeers at Jack Kaiser Stadium.

The Red Storm won the game behind a dominant pitching performance by Ryan McCormick, who tossed his first career complete game shutout and recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in the contest.

St. John’s got on the board early by sending eight men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning and took a 2-0 lead. Robert Wayman began the rally with a one-out single. Michael Donadio followed with another single and Zach Lauricella got on base on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Jarred Mederos smacked a two-run single into center, giving his team the early lead.

The Red Storm added to its lead in the bottom of the third with a string of singles. Tyler Sanchez started things with a single up the middle. Wayman added another single through the left side and Lauricella singled to left, driving in Sanchez to make it a 3-0 ballgame.

Xavier tried to rally back in the top of the fourth, getting the first two batters on base. A single by David Morton led off the inning and Nate Soria followed with a walk, but McCormick retired the next three batters to get out of the jam.

St. John’s padded its lead in the bottom of the seventh inning. Donadio drilled a leadoff double into left field, Matt Harris followed with an RBI triple, giving the Red Storm a 4-0, and Mederos lifted a sacrifice fly to left, bringing the lead to 5-0.

McCormick finished the game by retiring the last seven batters he faced.

The Red Storm completed the three-game sweep of the Musketeers on Sunday by posting an 8-6 win. They continue the season with a game against St. Peter’s on Tuesday, before ending their 2015 campaign with a three-game set against Southern Illinois.


St. John’s women’s basketball falls short in Big East tourney final

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Despite a tremendous effort by St. John’s sophomore guard Aliyyah Handford, the Red Storm women’s basketball team lost to the DePaul Blue Demons, 65-57, in its first Big East Conference tournament championship game since 1988.

Handford, who is an All-Big East First Team selection, led the Johnnies with 13 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists. Senior captain Briana Brown added 12 points and four rebounds.

“Obviously we’re disappointed to not be able to come away with a win,” St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella said. “To do something that our university hasn’t done in a long time, since 1988, says something. They know they want to get this opportunity again in the future.”

The Johnnies (22-10, 13-5 Big East) hung with the regular conference champions in the Blue Demons (27-6, 15-3 Big East) through most of the match, but couldn’t find the offensive down the stretch to win the game.

St. John’s will now wait for Selection Monday (March 17) to learn if they will make a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.



Daly down, St. John’s women’s soccer draws against Villanova

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Photo courtesy of St. John’s Athletic Communications.

The first time St. John’s forward Rachel Daly was dropped in the game against Villanova on Saturday came in the 36th minute after a defender shoved her to the ground.

Then in the final minute of the first half another defender kicked Daly in her back sending her to the ground again. Both times no yellow card was given, time was stopped and trainer Ryan Cook ran through the field to check on the Johnnies’ star player. Both times Daly got up on her own and continued to play.

As the leading scorer in the Big East Conference (15) and second in the country in goals per game, she’s a problem for teams and has become a target of physical play. Daly would exit the game with a leg injury after she was dropped a third time in the match, which resulted in a 1-1 double overtime tie.

“I thought the referees let too much go today,” St. John’s head coach Ian Stone said. “She took so much punishment that was eventually going to happen.”

Daly answered the attacks in the 48th minute, when she headed in St. John’s (7-3-3, 1-2-2 in conference) only goal following a corner kick from senior Sarah Ashmore.

But the Johnnies struggled to score after that and allowed the Wildcats (5-6-3, 2-2-0 in conference) to tie the game up.

The problem for the Red Storm is Daly, who has scored 15 of the Red Storm’s 26 goals this season, and is a double-edged sword. While she is an offensive weapon, because she is the main goal scorer, teams focus their attacks on her. Besides Daly, senior Amy Marron, who has scored four goals this season, and freshman Morgan Tinari, who has three, are essentially the only other players the Johnnies could count on for goals.

“We need other people to step up,” Stone said.“You build your offense and there’s no other way around it. I’m not going to stop passing to Rachel.”

The final attack on Daly, which seemed less intentional, came with about two minutes remaining in regulation. Daly was left alone in the box with goalkeeper Jami Kranich. The goalie charged and dove to snag the ball before Daly could fire, but in the process slammed into her left leg. Daly went down clutching her leg for a few minutes and had to be helped off the field.

She suffered a left leg injury, not severe, according to Cook.

But after Daly’s exit, the Johnnies just couldn’t find ways to score, despite having various opportunities. The Red Storm dominated possession throughout the game and led in shots, 19-9, including 5-3 in both 10-minute overtimes.

“I thought we did enough to win the game today,” Stone said.

Stone said Daly should be available for the Johnnies’ next match against Georgetown on October 17.




Redesigned Big East Conference officially goes live

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The revamped Big East Conference officially went live today, July 1, months after nearly breaking down, because of the lure of big-money college football.

“While we have much to do in the months ahead to bring the conference office to full operating capacity, I’m confident that we will create a first-class organization we can all be proud of and that will fully support the work of our member schools,” said newly appointed league Commissioner Val Ackerman in a release.

Earlier this year seven schools known as the “Catholic Seven” split from the former Big East,” because numerous schools interested in stronger football conferences were breaking away. The seven schools, St. John’s University, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova vowed to redesigned the Big East and refocus the league back to basketball and they recruited three new members–Butler, Creighton and Xavier.

Prominent members of the conference announced they were breaking away from the conference earlier this year including founding member Syracuse, Louisville, Pittsburg, Rutgers and Notre Dame.

In 1978 Providence College Athletic Director Dave Gavitt met with St. John’s Athletic Director Jack Kaiser and Georgetown Athletic Director Frank Reinzo to discuss about making the conference focusing on strong basketball competition. A year later with Syracuse Athletic Director Jake Crouthamel the league was created.

“Now, nearly 35 years later, the Big East is poised to build on its heritage and bring a new wave of excitement to the student-athletes, coaches, students, faculty, administrators, alumni and loyal fans of its ten distinguished schools,” Ackerman said.

Fox Sports 1, which will launch as a new Fox sports network on August 17, announced a deal to broadcast the Big East in a joint press conference in March.

“We are very excited about our long-term television contract with FOX Sports and its new cable network, FOX Sports 1, which will allow us to nationally air a wide range of BIG EAST basketball games, as well as other conference events,” Ackerman said.

The Big East will establish its headquarters in New York City and continue to host its famed basketball tournament in Madison Square Garden.