March 6, 2011
STATESBORO, Ga. - Brendan Lobban tossed 6.1 innings of two-run ball and as St. John's scored in each of the first three innings in a 7-3 win against Georgia Southern. Joe Panik was 2-for-2 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Sean O'Hare added two RBI to lead St. John's (5-4). Lobban (2-0) scattered six hits, allowed two runs, one earned, and had three strikeouts. Paul Karmas, Jeremy Baltz and Joe Witkowski also added an RBI apiece for the Red storm. Andy Moye (1-1) took the loss after allowing three runs in 4.0 innings, while Steve Cochrane was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to pace Georgia Southern (7-5).
After Moye quickly retired the first two Red Storm batters in the top of the first inning, Panik worked a two-out walk and stole second base. Karmas followed with an RBI single and St. John's took a 1-0 lead.
St. John's added a run in the second inning to grab a 2-0 advantage. Matt Wessinger roped a one-out double to right center and came home on a Witkowski RBI single.
The Red Storm scored for the third-straight inning by adding a run in the third. Panik was plunked with one out before a Karmas double set up runners on second and third. O'Hare then put St. John's up 3-0 with an RBI groundout.
Lobban, meanwhile, retired six-straight after allowing a one-out single in the bottom of the first. Back-to-back one-out singles in the third, however, gave the Eagles a pair of base runners, but the lefty induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Lobban had a strikeout in a 1-2-3 fourth inning and added two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fifth. After Lobban induced a fly out to retire his eighth-straight batter, Michael Burruss reached on an error and back-to-back singles loaded the bases. Cochrane then put Georgia Southern on the board with a sacrifice fly that made it a 3-1 game.
St. John's added two runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 5-1. Pat Talbut drew a lead off walk before Panik singled and Karmas laid down a sacrifice bunt to set up runners on second and third with one out. O'Hare followed with an RBI single before a Baltz sacrifice fly put the Red Storm up 5-1.
After Ben Morgan doubled to lead off the seventh inning, Lobban induced a fly out and St. John's went to the bullpen and brought in Eddie Medina. After a strikeout and a walk, Burruss lined an RBI single up the middle and Georgia Southern trailed 5-2.
The Red Storm answered, however, with two runs in the top of the eighth. After two quick outs, Jimmy Brennan singled and Talbut reached on an error to set up runners on second and third. Panik then grounded a two-run single through the right side as St. John's went up 7-2 and the Eagles went to the bullpen.
Cochrane added a solo home run for Georgia Southern in the eighth inning and Matt Carasiti entered and retired the next two batters before working a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
St. John's returns to action on March 8 with a 4 p.m. game at UNC Greensboro.