Baseball produces season-high scoring output in loss at No. 20 St. John's

Ben McNeill (13) greets Jonathan Tenaglia (36) at the plate after a two-run homer in the third inning.
Ben McNeill (13) greets Jonathan Tenaglia (36) at the plate after a two-run homer in the third inning.

QUEENS, N.Y. — Jonathan Tenaglia homered, but the NYIT baseball team lost a slugfest to 20th-ranked St. John's, 13-8, on Tuesday.

The eight-run outburst was a season high for NYIT.

The Bears had taken an 8-7 lead with a five-run fifth that included consecutive bases-loaded walks to Robert Fiato and Ben McNeill. Jake Lebel then scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch.

The Red Storm evened the score in the bottom half on Jamie Galazin's solo homer against Matt Diaz. St. John's then retook the lead with a three-run sixth.

Diaz was charged with 11 runs on 12 hits and seven walks in six innings. He tossed 128 pitches.

Tenaglia contributed a two-run homer in the third inning against St. John's starter Matt Messier.

The Bears fell to 3-25-1. St. John's has won the last 11 meetings between the teams.