Feb. 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Freshman Jeremy Baltz had a game-winning two-out, two-run double in the 12th inning as the St. John's baseball team defeated the University of New Orleans, 5-2. Jimmy Parque and Greg Hopkins had two hits and one RBI apiece, while freshman Sean O'Hare was 4-for-6 with one RBI to lead St. John's (2-0). Freshman Matt Carasiti (1-0) worked 3.0 scoreless innings to earn the win in his collegiate debut. Mike Petello had two RBI to pace New Orleans (0-2).
With two outs in the top of the third inning, Parque sent a solo home run over the fence in left field to give St. John's a 1-0 lead.
Red Storm starter Nick Cenatiempo, meanwhile, did not allow a hit until the third inning. The righty proceeded to strike out the side in the fourth and tallied seven strikeouts through four innings of work.
The Red Storm extended its lead to 2-0 in the fifth. After drawing a one-out walk, Parque advanced to second on an errant pick-off attempt. Hopkins then grounded an RBI single up the middle.
Eddie Medina relieved Cenatiempo in the bottom of the fifth and retired the side in order on just seven pitches.
The Privateers, however, would get on the board with a run in the sixth. Nick Schwaner doubled to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following a two-out walk to Roddarick Jones, Petello plated a run with an RBI infield single. Catcher Joe Witkowski then threw out Jones attempting to steal third to end the inning and keep St. John's in the lead, 2-1.
A pair of singles gave UNO runners on the corners with one out in the seventh, but Medina induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame.
UNO tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth. After Schwaner lined a one-out double, Jerad Comarda drew a walk and St. John's went to the bullpen and brought in Ryan Cole. Roddarick Jones greeted Cole with a single as UNO loaded the bases with one out. Petello then tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly into left field. Cole then induced a ground out to end the frame and strand two Privateer runners.
Cole went on to work a 1-2-3 ninth inning and Carasiti worked a 1-2-3 10th inning.
After stranding two runners in the 10th inning and one more in the 11th, St. John's broke the tie with three two-out runs in the 12th inning. After Parque reached on an error, Hopkins reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a throwing error. Paul Karmas followed with a walk before a Joe Panik fly out left the Red Storm with runners on first and second with two outs. With a full count and the runners in motion, Baltz lined a two-run double down the left field line to give St. John's a 4-2 lead. O'Hare added an RBI single as the Red Storm went up 5-2.
St. John's and New Orleans conclude the series at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21.
Notes: Jimmy Brennan made his Red Storm debut in the top of the ninth inning as a pinch runner ... Josh Daniel made his St. John's debut in the bottom of the ninth as defensive replacement ... Red Storm pitching had 12 strikeouts ... Red Storm starters have combined for a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 9.0 innings this year.