Red Storm Hosts Fordham For Home Finale On Tuesday :: St. John's will put three-game non-conference winning streak to the test against Rams.
Red Storm Hosts Fordham For Home Finale On Tuesday
St. John's will put three-game non-conference winning streak to the test against Rams.
April 30, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Before a pivotal weekend in the BIG EAST Conference race, the St. John’s softball team will step out of league action one final time to take on cross-town rival Fordham at 3 p.m. at Red Storm Field. Admission to the home finale for the Red Storm (14-34-1) is free and the matchup with the Rams (30-17) will be broadcast live on ESPN3, with Sid Farooqi providing the play-by-play and Mike Bosch adding color commentary.
- The Red Storm will be looking to continue a strong stretch of non-conference matchups as it has won three in-a-row against out-of-league teams, beating both LIU Brooklyn and Iona at home before traveling to Fairleigh-Dickinson to get a mid-week road win.
- In non-conference play during the 2013 season, Chrissy Montez has a .385 average with eight home runs, while Jackie Reed has a .382 average with three bombs of her own. Erin Burner is the third member of the Red Storm hitting over .300 in non-league action, with a .325 average and five home runs. In the circle, Tori Free has a 3.02 ERA with 98 strikeouts over 90.1 non-conference innings pitched.
- Tuesday will be the 18th meeting between the Red Storm and the Rams, with St. John’s holding an 11-6 advantage in the series.
- The final four games of the season will serve as a record watch, with several Red Storm players on pace to enter the school’s single-season top-10 lists or set new records, headlined by Chrissy Montez’ 15 home runs and Tori Free’s 173 strikeouts in the circle.
- Senior infielder Chrissy Montez has been a force at the plate in her final season for the Red Storm. She has a .349 batting average, .718 slugging percentage (fifth in BIG EAST), .433 on base percentage, 36 runs scored (10th in BIG EAST) and 15 home runs, a number that is not only good for the BIG EAST lead, but with two home runs Sunday versus Rutgers, tied the St. John’s record for most home runs in a season. Marcelino shined bright on Senior Day vs. Rutgers, going 2-for-2 with two home runs, four RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
- Senior catcher Dominique Marcelino is having her best season in the Red and White by a wide. After making adjustments to her approach at the plate, Marcelino is batting .286 over her last 10 games, and is tied for second on the team with eight doubles. The biggest testament to Marcelino’s turnaround, her 23 RBI in 2013 are more than her 13 RBI from her previous three seasons combined. The senior utilized her bat in the clutch this past weekend, with a walk-off 2-run home run to defeat Rutgers 2-0 in nine innings in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader.
- Junior Jackie Reed has fought through injuries to put up monster numbers at the plate for the Johnnies, batting .348 with a .616 slugging percentage and a .408 on-base percentage. If the season ended today, Reed’s .616 slugging percentage would rank sixth in St. John’s single-season history.
- Freshman Tori Free has been nothing short of phenomenal as one of the best young arms in the conference this season, as shown by her 2.89 ERA, 173 strikeouts (Seventh in BIG EAST) and only 65 walks allowed. Free’s 173 strikeouts rank her fifth all-time in St. John’s single-season history. Free has been the fifth-best pitcher in the BIG EAST in terms of strikeouts per seven innings at 7.5, trailing only players that have been all-conference or all-America selections. For her performance this past week, Free was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, as she went 2-1 with a 0.61 ERA in three complete games, striking out 27 batters in 23.0 innings and pitching a complete game shutout versus Rutgers.
- Freshman outfielder Yvonne Rericha has utilized her solid bat and great wheels on the basepaths to make a great offensive contribution in her first season with the Johnnies. She is batting .251 and her four triples - which lead the BIG EAST - are only one away from tying and two from breaking the St. John’s record for triples in a season, held by both Dawn DiGianno (1992) and Gail DiMartino (1988). Rericha also leads the team with 14 stolen bases (Eighth in BIG EAST) in 17 attempts.
- Sophomore C/SS Erin Burner has followed up her freshman campaign with another strong season, playing a key role in the Red Storm offense and batting .321 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 33 RBI, just two away from 10th-most in STJ single-season history. This weekend vs. Rutgers, Burner recaptured her hot hitting form, batting 4-for-9 including a home run, two runs scored, one walk and one RBI.
- The last eight games have allowed freshman Carly Williams to shine, going 8-for-20 - elevating her average to .308 - with one walk. On the season, Williams is batting .308 with a .357 on base percentage. During last Wednesday’s doubleheader versus DePaul, Williams continued her solid hitting, going 1-for-2 in each contest, finishing the day with two singles. In the prior Sunday’s game versus Connecticut, Williams got the start at first base and went 2-for-3, her first career multi-hit game.
- The Fordham Rams enter Tuesday’s game versus St. John’s having won four of their last five - including two in five innings - and three of their last four all against teams from New York State.
- Fordham has fought for their third place standing in the Atlantic 10 conference, led by their great bats as Fordham leads the Atlantic 10 in batting average (.308), slugging percentage (.522, T-1st), on base percentage (.394), hits (391), doubles (74), triples (9), and walks (165). They rank second in the conference in runs scored (264), runs batted in (244), and home runs (60).
- Jamie LaBovick has been one of the best for Fordham this season, second in the Atlantic 10 in batting average (.414), runs scored (48), and doubles (14), as well as leading the Atlantic 10 in hits with 70. LaBovick’s contributions have not been limited to the batter’s box, as her performance in the circle has seen her post a 10-8 record with a 2.80 ERA (Top 5 in Atlantic 10), with seven complete games out of 16 starts, 52 strikeouts and only 31 walks in 95.0 innings pitched.
- Among the other key contributors for Fordham has been Elise Fortier, who is batting .367 with a .506 on base percentage (T-Third in Atlantic 10) and a .892 slugging percentage (First in Atlantic 10), as well as leading the Atlantic 10 in runs scored (52), home runs (18) and total bases (124).
- Fordham’s other key weapon in the circle has been Michele Daubman, the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week (April 22), who has a 16-7 record with 11 complete games in her 25 starts (T-Third in Atlantic 10), a 3.37 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 32 walks in 153.2 innings pitched (Fifth in Atlantic 10).
- The Fordham Rams are led by Head Coach Bridget Orchard who is in her 12th season at Fordham, with a record of 426-271-1 (.610). Her time at Fordham includes two NCAA Regional appearances, an Atlantic 10 Championship, back-to-back 40-win seasons and four Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year awards.
- The Red Storm holds an 11-6 record all-time vs. the Fordham Rams; however, Fordham won the last matchup between the two teams, 8-0 on March 20, 2012.
Career Against The Rams
- Several players have had success against Fordham with Chrissy Montez and Jackie Reed going 1-for-4 in the 2011 meeting.
- Last season, Francesca Carrullo pitched 2.2 innings against the Rams with a pair of strikeouts.
- After the mid-week clash with the Rams, the Red Storm will head to conference-rival Villanova for a three-game set in Philadelphia to close the regular season.
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