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St. John’s has been the premier program in the Northeast over the last decade and a half, leading all teams in the region with 10 NCAA tournament appearances since 2004. The Red Storm has managed to remain a postseason regular even after the dramatic transformation of the Big East made it more difficult to get at-large bids out of the conference; in fact, the program is stronger now than ever.
After winning 40-plus games and making regionals in each of the last two years, St. John’s looks primed make a run at another Big East title in 2019 thanks to a talented, experienced pitching staff. But there’s less certainty in the lineup after the departure of a slew of everyday regulars, including mainstays like John Valente, Josh Shaw, Jamie Galazin and Anthony Brocato.
“We have the arms, obviously they have to stay healthy and perform,” longtime coach Ed Blankmeyer said. “I guess the million-dollar question is how are we going to be offensively, and will we catch the ball enough to be good? We basically have five or six new players, our entire infield is new. So it’s gonna take some time to figure this thing out, but we’ve got a good handle on the pitching.”
While all the new everyday players find their footing, St. John’s should be able to ride its seasoned arms to plenty of success.