March 6, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -
St. John's pounded out 13 hits, but fell behind 5-1 after the first inning and could not rally back in an 11-7 loss to ETSU. Jeremy Baltz was 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Greg Hopkins was 3-for-4 and Jimmy Parque was 2-for-4 for St. John's (7-1). Paul Hoilman and Kerry Doane had three RBI each, while Andrew Green and Alex Reynolds had two RBI apiece for ETSU (7-2).
St. John's took a first-inning lead against ETSU for the second-straight game, opening a 1-0 lead. After Parque lined a one-out double into left center field, Hopkins singled through the right side to set up runners on first and third. Paul Karmas then put the Red Storm on the board, plating Parque with an RBI fielder's choice.
ETSU responded quickly as Matthew Scruggs singled and Chas Byrne walked before Hoilman connected for a three-run home run. After a Derek Trent single, a Doane two-run home run gave the Buccaneers a 5-1 lead.
The Red Storm responded with two runs in the second inning. Baltz singled to lead off the frame and moved to second on a Sean O'Hare groundout. Matt Wessinger followed with an RBI double into the gap in right center field before Scott Ferrara lined a two-out RBI double into left field.
The Buccaneers sent nine men to the plate and chased Nick Cenatiempo (0-1) in a three-run third inning. Hoilman and Trent each walked before Bo Reeder singled to load the bases and St. John's brought in Sean Hagan from the bullpen. Hagan forced in a run with a walk to Doane before Andrew Green sent a two-run single up the middle. After picking off Doane at second base for the first out, Hagan reloaded the bases with a pair of walks before striking out Byrne to end the frame.
A two-out walk to Hopkins opened up a two-run fifth inning for St. John's. A Karmas single and a Panik walk loaded the bases before Baltz sent a two-run single into left field and St. John's trailed 8-5.
Hagan worked 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth and retired a total of seven in a row before giving way to Stephen Rivera in the sixth.
Rivera worked a scoreless sixth inning, but allowed a walk and a single in the seventh and was taken out with runners on first and third and one out. Ryan Cole entered and Reynolds sent a two-run double into the corner in left field. Garrett May then drew a walk before Scruggs doubled into left field to plate one run, but May was thrown out at home. Two more walks loaded the bases before Ferrara made a diving catch in left center to end the inning with ETSU leading 11-5.
St. John's added a run in the eighth inning. Baltz led off the frame with a double and moved to third on a groundout. After Wessinger walked, Josh Daniel plated Baltz with a sacrifice fly.
Back-to-back singles by Parque and Hopkins set up first and third with no outs in the ninth before Parque trotted home on a Karmas double play.
St. John's concludes its series against ETSU at 1 p.m. on March 7.
Notes: Parque and Baltz have hit safely in all eight games ... a second inning groundout ended a streak for Parque in which he reached base nine-straight times (7-for-7 with two walks).