Feb. 20, 2011
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
St. John's used a six-run third inning to grab an early six-run lead, but was held scoreless for the next eight innings as Ohio State rallied to win, 8-7, in 11 innings. Jeremy Baltz was 4-for-5 with two RBI and Kyle Richardson was 2-for-5 with two RBI to pace St. John's (2-1). John Dezse was 3-for-5 with an RBI and also tossed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win for Ohio State (1-2).
For the third time in three games St. John's got on board first. After a lead off single, Baltz advanced to second on a groundout. A Sean O'Hare RBI single to center chased home Baltz and the Red Storm took a 1-0 lead.
Ohio State answered right back, however, leveling the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Dezse doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on a Greg Solomon triple.
The Red Storm wasted no time in regaining the lead in the top of the third, sending 11 men to the plate in a six-run outburst. Richardson and Jimmy Brennan led off with back-to-back singles before Matt Wessinger reached on a fielder's choice as Richardson was forced out at third. Joe Panik plated Brennan with an RBI single before a two-run triple from Baltz quickly gave St. John's a 4-1 lead. Paul Karmas followed with an RBI single before Richardson roped a two-run double into right field and St. John's grabbed a 7-1 lead.
St. John's starter Brendan Lobban was lifted after striking out four in 4.0 innings of one-run ball, but the Buckeyes plated six runs of their own in the fifth to tie the game at 7-7. Anthony Cervone entered to pitch for St. John's and Ohio State promptly loaded the bases with a single, a walk and a single. After a strikeout, a wild pitch brought home one run before a Desze sacrifice fly made it a 7-3 ballgame. OSU then strung together four-straight singles, three of which plated runs, and Cervone was lifted. Eddie Medina entered and allowed an RBI single, Ohio State's fifth-straight single, before ending the frame with a fielder's choice.
Reliever Brett McKinney worked a 1-2-3 top of the eighth for Ohio State before Kevin Kilpatrick
relieved Medina, who worked 2.1 scoreless innings, in the bottom of the frame. Kilpatrick allowed a lead off single, but retired the next three batters.
McKinney worked another 1-2-3 ninth, but Kilpatrick answered with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 bottom of the frame and the game headed to extra innings.
Desze took the mound in the 10th and St. John's was retired in order for the third-straight inning. Again, though, Kilpatrick answered with a 1-2-3 inning of his own as the lefty induced three quick groundouts.
Kevin Grove broke the string in the top of the 11th with a lead off walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Grove moved to third on a fly out, but Desze stranded him on third to keep the game tied at 7-7.
After retiring nine-straight Buckeyes, Kilpatrick allowed a lead off single to Matt Streng. A Desze single set up first and second, before Ryan Cypret reached on a fielder's choice, but an error on the play allowed the winning run to come home and Ohio State completed its comeback with an 8-7 win.
Kilpatrick (0-1) had three strikeouts and allowed one unearned run in 3.0 innings of work.
St. John's returns to action at 4 p.m. on Feb. 25, traveling to Atlanta for a three-game set at Georgia Tech.