Twelve-Run First Inning Propels St. John's Past Iowa, 18-3|
Feb. 21, 2009
CLEARWATER, Fla. - St. John's sent 16 men to the plate in a 12-run first inning before going on to defeat Iowa, 18-3, in a game that was called after seven innings. Tim Morris and Carlos Del Rosario had four RBI apiece, while Joe Panik added three RBI to lead St. John's (2-0). Brian Kemp, Jimmy Parque and Morris had three hits each. Stephen Rivera (1-0) worked 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen and tallied three strikeouts to earn the win in his collegiate debut. Zach McCool and Trevor Willis each had RBI doubles for Iowa (0-2).
After allowing the first batter of the game to reach base, freshman Brendan Lobban sat down the next two batters with a pair of strikeouts. Kevin Hoef was then thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning.
Kemp led off the 12-run bottom of the first with a double and scored on a Morris RBI single. After a Parque double, Paul Karmas walked to load the bases and Panik walked to bring in Morris and give St. John's a 2-0 lead. Del Rosario then sent a one-out grounder through the right side to plate two runs and chase Iowa starter Zach Kenyon. Danny Benedetti drew a walk to reload the bases and Gino Matias followed with a two RBI single. After Kemp plated another run with an RBI single, Morris grounded a single up the line that bounced off the first base bag and into right field to plate two more runs, giving St. John's a 9-0 lead. Karmas then doubled before a two RBI double by Panik and an RBI double by Greg Hopkins gave the Red Storm a 12-0 lead.
Iowa grabbed two runs in the top of the second after a pair of two-out RBI doubles by McCool and Willis. Lobban, however, did strike out the side in the inning.
Benedetti led off the bottom of the second with a walk and later came around to score on an RBI single by Morris that put St. John's up 13-2. For Morris, it was his third single and fourth RBI of the game.
After retiring the side in order in the third, Lobban loaded the bases in the fourth with a double and a pair of walks. After a strikeout, a wild pitch would give Iowa its third run of the game, but Lobban tallied another strikeout before being lifted in favor of fellow freshman Rivera. A four-pitch walk would reload the bases before Rivera induced a fly out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, St. John's picked up another run on an RBI single by Kemp that plated Benedetti for a 14-3 lead.
Following back-to-back four-pitch walks to open the fifth, Del Rosario doubled inside the first base bag to chase home to more runs for St. John's. Benedetti and Parque later followed with RBI singles to give the Red Storm an 18-3 advantage through five innings.
Lobban allowed three runs in 3.2 innings and racked up eight strikeouts.
St. John's concludes play in the inaugural BIG EAST-Big Ten Challenge on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. against Michigan. The game will be played at Red McEwen Field.