Early Offense Propels No. 30 St. John's Past ETSU, 10-2|
March 5, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - St. John's plated four runs in the first inning en route to a 10-2 win against ETSU. St. John's (7-0) is off to its best start since the 1981 season when the squad began 14-0. Greg Hopkins and Paul Karmas each finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Jimmy Parque was 4-for-4 with a double and a triple. Bruce Kern (2-0) earned the win, allowing two runs and striking out four in 5.1 innings. Andrew Green was 1-for-2 with one RBI for ETSU (6-2), while Derek Bushey had six strikeouts in 3.2 innings of relief.
St. John's opened a four-run first inning with four-straight singles. After singles by Scott Ferrara and Parque, Hopkins plated a run with an RBI single up the middle. Karmas followed with an RBI single before Joe Panik advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. An infield single by Jeremy Baltz and an RBI fielder's choice by Sean O'Hare gave the Red Storm a 4-0 lead.
The Red Storm made it 6-0 in the second inning. After drawing a one out walk, Ferrara moved to third on a bloop single into right field by Parque. Hopkins then followed with an RBI groundout before Panik added an RBI single.
Parque walked with one out in the fourth to set up a two-run inning for St. John's. Hopkins then ripped a stand-up RBI double inside the left field line before moving to third on a fly out. A Panik RBI single into left center gave the Red Storm an 8-0 advantage.
After allowing a lead off double in the first inning, Kern retired 10 of the next 11 batters before ETSU got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning. Kern walked Derek Trent with one out in the frame before surrendering a double to Kerry Doane. With runners on second and third and one out, Andrew Green made it 8-1 with an RBI groundout. Doane then trotted home on a wild pitch before Cory Betterson sent a fly ball into right field and Parque made a fantastic diving catch to end the frame.
Kern retired the final five hitters he faced before giving way to Matt Carasiti with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Carasiti retired the first batter he faced before walking Doane, allowing a single to Green and walking Chas Byrne to load the bases. The freshman, however, notched a strikeout to keep ETSU off the board.
A pair of two-out runs in the eighth inning gave St. John's a 10-2 lead. Parque started things with a triple into right field and ETSU went to the bullpen. Reliever Drew Story intentionally walked Hopkins before Karmas belted a two-run double off the wall in left field.
St. John's continues its series against ETSU at 2 p.m. on March 6.
Notes: St. John's has posted 10 or more hits four times this season, including 13 today ... Parque notched his team-best fifth multi-hit game of the year ... Parque and Baltz have hit safely in all seven games ... Hopkins collected his team-leading third multi-RBI game.
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