Feb. 21, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, La. - St. John's completed a three-game sweep and broke a 54 year old school-record for runs scored with a 31-6 win against the University of New Orleans. The old record was set on April 28, 1956 in a 30-7 win at Brooklyn. Paul Karmas was 4-for-7 with three home runs and 10 RBI, while Greg Hopkins was 4-for-7 with one home run and seven RBI to lead St. John's (3-0). Scott Ferrara and Jimmy Parque added four RBI apiece, while Jimmy Brennan added a two-run home run for the Red Storm. Sean Hagan (1-0) picked up the win in relief in his collegiate debut. Alan Harris had three RBI to pace New Orleans (0-3).
St. John's took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After drawing a lead off walk, Ferrara stole second base. With one out, Hopkins then blasted a two-run home run to deep left field.
The Red Storm added six runs in the second inning. Jeremy Baltz led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Sean O'Hare. After Matt Wessinger advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, Robert Case reached first on a dropped third strike. Ferrara plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Parque followed with an RBI single into right field. Hopkins proceeded to draw a walk that reloaded the bases and chased starter Cory Myers from the game. Karmas then cleared the bases with a grand slam to put St. John's up 8-0.
St. John's sent 12 men to the plate in the third inning and scored six more runs to take a 14-0 lead. O'Hare singled with one out and moved to second on a Wessinger single. Ferrara then blooped a two-out RBI single into center field and Parque loaded the bases with a walk. Hopkins followed with an RBI single up the middle before Karmas singled and UNO went to the bullpen. Following the pitching change, Joe Panik lined an RBI single into right field and Baltz picked up an RBI double.
Five more runs in the fourth gave the Red Storm a 19-0 lead. After Case was plunked to lead off the frame, Ferrara plated a run with an RBI double into left center. With two outs, Karmas lifted a two-run home run to left field. Tim McCormick followed with a single in his first-career at-bat before Brennan launched a two-run home run in his first-career at-bat.
UNO broke up the shutout with three runs in the fourth off of Miguel Valcarcel. After Ryan Eden and Jay Morris led off the frame with back-to-back singles, a fielder's choice gave the Privateers runners on the corners with one out. After Nolan Church loaded the bases with a walk, Kevin Berry sent an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Harris followed with a two-out, two-run single up the middle before Valcarcel retired Blake Doty to end the inning.
Wessinger opened a three-run fifth with a walk and moved to third on a bloop single by Case. Ferrara then reached and advanced to second on a fielding error that also allowed Wessinger to trot home from third. Parque followed with an RBI single before Hopkins brought home Ferrara with an RBI groundout and St. John's led 22-3.
After reliever Cody Deckwa retired the first two batters in the sixth, St. John's tacked on six two-out runs. Wessinger and Josh Daniel each walked before Ferrara and Parque added RBI singles. Hopkins followed with an RBI double before Karmas connected for a three-run home run and St. John's took a 28-3 lead.
The Privateers plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 28-6. After Church, Berry and Jerad Comarda loaded the bases with a trio of singles, a bases loaded walk to Harris forced in a run. Doty then reached on an RBI fielder's choice, but an error allowed Comarda to trot home as well.
St. John's scored for the seventh-straight inning with two runs in the seventh. Brennan and O'Hare led off with back-to-back singles before Daniel plated a run with a one out RBI single. After a Ferrara single, Parque picked up an RBI groundout to give St. John's a 30-6 lead.
After being held scoreless in the eighth inning, the Red Storm added a run in the ninth to take a 31-6 lead. Daniel singled to lead off the inning before moving to second on a groundout. Hopkins then brought Daniel home with an RBI single into center field.
St. John's returns to action against Minnesota at 4 p.m. on Feb. 26 as part of the Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge.
Notes: Eight different players tallied at least one RBI ... St. John's had three six-run innings and one five-run inning ... Case made his first-career start behind the plate and threw out a base runner ... Daniel picked up his first-career RBI ... with three home runs in the game, Karmas equaled his total home run output for the 2009 season ... Ferrara scored five runs ... Kyle Hansen and Anthony Cervone each worked a scoreless inning in their collegiate debuts.