SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — St. John's baseball coach Ed Blankmeyer broke the program record for career victories, earning his 612th with a 4-3 win over Seton Hall on Thursday night.
Blankmeyer, in his 18th season with the Red Storm, surpassed Joe Russo's school mark against his alma mater. The milestone win also came with his son — freshman infielder Ty Blankmeyer — and nephew — freshman right-hander Mike Sheppard III — in the St. John's dugout.
"I have been in this game for a while and have been fortunate enough to win some games along the way, but to be at the top of the list at a program with the coaching legacy and winning tradition of St. John's is truly special," Blankmeyer said. "All of the credit goes to my coaching staff and especially to my players because you don't win that many ballgames without a great staff and great players, and I have had both."
Blankmeyer, who replaced Russo in 1996, helped lead Seton Hall to the College World Series in 1974 and '75 as the Pirates' starting second baseman. He later served as an assistant for Seton Hall under father-in-law and former coach Mike Sheppard.
St. John's (23-31, 10-12 Big East) snapped a 13-game winning streak by Seton Hall (34-17, 16-6). Sean Hagan (4-6) allowed one unearned run in six innings for the win in the opener of the three-game series, while Jon Prosinski (7-3) took the loss after giving up four runs, three earned, in 7 1-3 innings.
Frank Schwindel and Danny Bethea had RBI doubles in the Red Storm's three-run first inning.
St. John's, which has earned NCAA tournament berths the last three years, will play in the Big East tournament in Clearwater, Fla., next week.