March 7, 2010
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -
The St. John's baseball team, ranked No. 30 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), was defeated by ETSU, 8-6, in a game that had five lead changes. Joe Panik was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, while Jeremy Baltz had three RBI to lead St. John's (7-2). Derek Trent had a home run and four RBI, while Paul Hoilman and Bo Reeder also added home runs for ETSU (8-2).
After holding St. John's scoreless in the first inning for the first time in the series, ETSU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame on a two-out solo home run by Hoilman.
St. John's came right back to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the second. After blasting a triple off the wall in left center with one out, Panik scored on a Baltz groundout.
Baltz gave the Red Storm a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Paul Karmas singled and Panik doubled to give St. John's runners on second and third with one out. Baltz then followed with a two-run single into right field.
ETSU retook the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Garrett May was plunked, Miguel Valcarcel retired the next two batters before allowing an infield single to Hoilman. Trent then homered to right field and the Buccaneers led 4-3.
Sean O'Hare reached on an error to lead off a two-run seventh and stole second base before Jimmy Brennan walked. Scott Ferrara then singled into right field with one out, but O'Hare took a big turn and was thrown out trying to return to third base. Jimmy Parque, though, followed with a two-run double into right center field to give St. John's a 5-4 lead.
The Buccaneers took the lead right back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Hoilman singled with one out before Reeder sent a two-run home run to right field.
The Red Storm quickly tied the game at 6-6 with a run in the eighth. Panik doubled to lead off the inning and came around to score on an O'Hare RBI single.
ETSU retook the lead with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Kevin Kilpatrick (0-1) entered and retired the first two batters before allowing a double to May. Eddie Medina then came in and walked Matthew Scruggs before giving up an RBI single to Chas Byrne. After a walk to Hoilman loaded the bases, a walk to Trent made it 8-6.
St. John's returns to action against No. 12 North Carolina at 3 p.m. on March 10.
Notes: Brennan and Daniel both made their first-career starts ... Parque and Baltz have hit safely in all nine games ... Baltz picked up his first-career three RBI day and leads the team with four multi-RBI games ... Panik is the sixth Red Storm player to have a four-hit day this year.