March 12, 2010
LYNCHBURG, Va. - In a game that featured two rain delays, the St. John's baseball team grounded into five double plays and was held to a season-low five hits in a 9-1 loss to Liberty. Paul Karmas was 2-for-4, Jimmy Parque was 1-for-3 with two stolen bases and Sean O'Hare was 1-for-1 with three walks to pace St. John's (7-4). P.J. Jimenez had a three-run home run, while Josh Richardson and Michael Robertson each added solo home runs for Liberty (9-1).
The Flames got on the board with a run in the first inning after Josh Richardson led off the frame with a double. Richardson moved to third on a balk before scoring on a Curran Redal RBI groundout.
A pair of home runs gave Liberty a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Michael Robertson homered with one out, the first home run allowed by Bruce Kern (2-1) in 16.0 innings this year. Kenneth Negron then singled and Richardson walked before P.J. Jimenez followed with a three-run home run to left field.
Following a 56-minute rain delay, Karmas opened the top of the fourth with a single into left field. A double play erased Karmas, but Jeremy Baltz was plunked to extend the inning. O'Hare singled to give the Red Storm runners on first and third, but starter Shawn Teufel (3-0) notched a strikeout to end the frame.
Richardson made it 6-0 with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.
St. John's loaded the bases in the sixth, but could not get on the board. Greg Hopkins drew a walk to lead off the inning and Karmas followed with a single. A double play, the Red Storm's fourth of the game, erased Karmas, but back-to-back walks to Baltz and O'Hare loaded the bases. Teufel got out of the inning unscathed, however, after the second baseman dove to snare a line drive for the third out.
Kevin Kilpatrick entered in the fifth inning and retired six-straight before Kenneth Negron took a pitch on the elbow and the game went into a second rain delay. Anthony Cervone entered after a 38-minute rain delay and promptly set down the first three batters he faced. With a steady rain in the bottom of the eighth, Liberty added three runs for a 9-0 lead. Cervone loaded the bases with a hit batsman and a pair of walks before Robertson plated a run with an RBI fielder's choice. Another run came home on a grounder back to Cervone, but a throwing error allowed a second run to score on the play.
St. John's broke up the shutout with a run in the ninth. A one out walk to O'Hare was followed by a two-out walk to pinch hitter Tim McCormick. Matt Wessinger then followed with an infield single, but an errant throw by the third baseman allowed O'Hare to score.
St. John's returns to action against Liberty at 2 p.m. on March 13.
Notes: Parque has hit safely in all 11 games this year and has a 15-game hitting streak dating back to the 2009 season ... St. John's previous low for hits this season was nine.