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College Round-Up: SFP’s Cavataio, Wright transfer out of St. John’s

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Freshman guard Mike Cavataio and sophomore guard Larry Wright will transfer from the St. John's men's basketball team, coach Norm Roberts announced Monday.

Wright and Cavataio, a Forest Hills native and St. Francis Prep grad, mark the fourth and fifth transfer from the Red Storm since last spring. Avery Patterson, Ricky Torres and Qa'rraan Calhoun left before last season.

"We wish Larry and Mike the best in the future," Roberts said. "Though they are making their decision for different and distinct reasons, they both put in a lot of hard work and effort in representing St. John's basketball, and they both leave our university in good academic standing."

St. John's finished the season with an 11-19 record, including a 5-13 mark in the Big East.

Wright averaged 9.1 points per game in 18.9 minutes this season and Cavataio averaged 5.9 minutes in 17 games.

Marc Raimondi

St. John's 11, Pittsburgh 8. St. John's baseball team defeated Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh where Scott Ferrara, who was 2-for-6, led the Red Storm to their big win with a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Gil Zayas was 1-for-3 with another home run and two RBIs. Freshman Paul Karmas was 3-for-5, scoring one run and adding three RBIs and Carlos Del Rosario was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Catcher Daniel Benedetti was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs for St. John's (28-9, 11-4 Big East). Pittsburgh's Danny Lopez, a Monsignor McClancy graduate, Sean Conley and Chris Warner each had a home run and ended the game 3-for-6, 2-for-5 and 2-for-3, respectively.

St. John's 7, Pittsburgh 4. Senior Chris Anninos had a stellar performance in this game against Pittsburgh with two home runs, two RBIs and three runs, finishing his day 3-for-5. Freshman Greg Hopkins was 3-for-5 with another home run for the Red Storm, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jeff Grantham was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and two walks. Brian Kemp and Benedetti each added a hit and an RBI each. Pittsburgh's Dan Williams was 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and one run.

Pittsburgh 6, St. John's 3. Gino Matias and Karmas were 1-for-4 and hit a home run each in the first game of the series. Karmas had two RBIs and a run scored, while Matias had one RBI and one run. Pittsburgh played a great game with a home run from third-baseman Joe Leonard, who was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs.

Queens College 5, Molloy College 2. Brian Honeyman improved to 5-0 with a complete game victory in game two of a doubleheader split with Molloy College on Saturday in Flushing. QC scored four in the third to give Honeyman all of the offense he would need in a win in the nightcap. Jovan Santos singled Ed Hackimer in with the first run and Justin Mckay singled in Santos to make it 2-0 for Queens College (9-20, 7-12 EEC). Mike Sporton then ended the outburst with a two-run home run. Honeyman went the distance, striking out six while giving up seven hits.

Molloy College 13, Queens College 5. The visitors from Rockville Centre scored one in the first and two in the second to open up a 3-0 lead in the opening game of the double dip. Carlos Suarez' two-RBI double highlighted a three-run Knights' second that knotted the game at three apiece. Run-scoring singles by Sean Sciretta and Santos in the fourth put QC up, 5-3, but Molloy tallied three times in the fifth to retake the lead. Three more runs in the eighth and four unearned runs in the ninth gave Molloy College the win. Suarez, Sciretta, Santos and Joe Pento all had two hits for the Knights in the loss.

Molloy College 4, Queens College 2. The Knights tried to rally but couldn't overcome a 3-0, first inning deficit in a loss to Molloy College on Friday in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The Knights had an immediate answer for Molloy's first inning rally when Santos singled to open the second inning. Two outs later, Suarez made it a one-run game by slamming a two-run homer for the Knights. Molloy added an insurance run in the seventh but QC got that run right back in the eighth when Jamie Quinn singled in Denny Gonzalez. Starter Brian Friedman recovered from a shaky three-run first inning to pitch five scoreless innings, striking out five. Sporton, Quinn and Santos all had two hits on the day for QC.

Softball

St. John's 2, Pittsburgh 0. Senior pitcher Lisa Geer allowed no runs on two hits and struck out six in St. John's victory Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. She also played great offensively, finishing 1-for-2 with a home run. Catcher Brandy Reyes was 1-for-3 scoring the other run of the game for St. John's (17-32, 10-6 Big East).

Pittsburgh 5, St. John's 2. Alyson Funn and Kacee Cox were both 1-for-3 with an RBI each. Melissa Pilley was 0-for-2 with one run scored on a walk. Bionka King scored the second run for the Red Storm. Pittsburgh's junior catcher Sam Card led her team to the victory with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored, finishing the game 2-for-3.

C.W. Post 4, Queens College 0. Queens College lost the nightcap of the doubleheader against C.W. Post in Old Westbury on Thursday. The Lady Knights had two runners erased at the plate and stranded three others in scoring position in suffering a loss in game two. Destiny Ocasio, who once again was running for Nicole Mancusi, was thrown out trying to score on a fly ball to right off of the bat of Jessica Hicks in the second frame and Hicks was nailed at the plate in the fifth on a ground out to account for QC's two best scoring chances of the game. Danielle DiGioia had a single and a double in three at bats for Queens College (13-25, 6-8 ECC) in the loss.

Queens College 3, C.W. Post 2. Queens College overcame a two-run deficit by scoring three in the sixth to win game one of a doubleheader against C.W. Post. Bryttne Nelson started the QC sixth inning rally with a base hit. Katie Karpinski followed with a single but after a Sara Koumou fly out to left, Mancusi forced Nelson out at third for the second out of the inning. With the pressure on, DiGioia singled in Karpinski with the Lady Knights first run and Katie Miracco followed by singling in Ocasio, who had pinch ran for Mancusi, to tie the score at two. Christina Colon then drove home DiGioia with the go-ahead run with an infield single. Nelson closed the door in the top of the seventh to record the win. Nelson struck out 12 while surrendering only one earned run in seven innings of work for QC.

Updated 6:57 pm, October 10, 2011
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