Feb. 29, 2012
WILMINGTON, N.C. -
Eddie Medina tossed 6.0 scoreless frames in his first start since April 28, 2010 and the 7-8-9 batters for the Red Storm combined to go 5-for-8 with two RBI as St. John's blanked UNC Wilmington, 3-0. Kevin Grove finished 2-for-4 with two runs and Sean O'Hare was 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead St. John's (3-5), while Danny Bethea was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Medina (1-0) earned the win, striking out four and allowing just one hit in 6.0 shutout innings. Jake Koenig was 2-for-3 to lead UNC Wilmington (2-6), while Thomas Jones (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs in 4.1 innings of work.
St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the third after loading the bases with one out. Following a Grove leadoff single, O'Hare and Bethea drew back-to-back four-pitch walks. Anthony Iacomini then grounded into a double play as Grove scored from third.
Medina, meanwhile, retired the first five batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the second and then retired five-straight again before a one-out walk in the fourth.
The Red Storm then added a run in fifth to chase Jones and take a 2-0 lead. Grove singled with one out to get things started before an O'Hare double set up runners on second and third and sent UNC Wilmington to the bullpen. Bethea promptly greeted reliever Ricky Holden with an RBI single up the middle to make it 2-0, but a double play ended the inning.
Medina did not allow a hit until a two-out single by Koening in the fifth inning. The righty retired the next batter to end the inning and concluded his outing with a 1-2-3 sixth.
A leadoff single by Zach Lauricella set the table for another run as St. John's went up 3-0 in the seventh inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved Lauricella to second, Holden retired the next batter before the Seahawks to the bullpen. O'Hare followed by lining a full count pitch into center field for an RBI single and the Red Storm led 3-0.
took the mound in the bottom of the seventh for St. John's and tossed a pair of scoreless frames before James Lomangino
worked a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his first save of the season.
St. John's returns to action at noon on March 2, taking on Illinois to open up play in the Coastal Carolina Invitational.