March 14, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Four players had multi-RBI games and three players had multi-hit games as St. John's took advantage of 17 walks and won its ninth-straight home-opener with a 15-7 win against FDU. Jimmy Brennan was 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Eric Peterson finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead St. John's (6-9). Martin Kelly also added three RBI and Zach Lauricella finished with two RBI to help pace the Red Storm. Ryan Kresky finished 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead FDU (3-6-1).
FDU got on the board first as Jordan Ritz led off the game with a single before Kresky connected for a one-out, two-run home run to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
St. John's responded immediately with a run in the bottom of the frame. After Brennan drew a leadoff walk and Matt Wessinger walked with one out, both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Jeremy Baltz lifted a sacrifice fly into centerfield to make it a 2-1 game.
The Red Storm took advantage of four walks to take a 6-2 lead with a five-run fifth. Pat Talbut and Wessinger took back-to-back walks to open the inning, but Talbut was thrown out trying to advance on a wild pitch. After Baltz walked and joined Wessinger in a successful double steal, Lauricella lined an RBI single into left and Sean O'Hare walked to reload the bases. Kelly then lifted a two-run double to the wall in center and Peterson followed with a two-run single.
The Knights answered right back, however, chasing starter Kevin Kilpatrick as part of a four-run fourth that tied the game. After a leadoff walk and a Pat McClure RBI double, Matt Holsman added an RBI single before a Mike Hewson single and a walk to Riley Moonan loaded the bases. Jerome Werniuk (1-0) entered and an RBI groundout followed by an error evened the score at 6-6.
St. John's added a run in the bottom of the fourth with an O'Hare sacrifice fly and took an 8-6 lead in the fifth on a Brennan RBI single before Brendan Lobban took the mound for the Red Storm and worked a quick 1-2-3 top of the sixth inning.
After a bases loaded walk to Brennan forced in a run in the sixth, St. John's broke the game open in the seventh, sending 10 men to the dish in a six-run frame that made it a 15-6 score. Wessinger led off with a bunt single, but advanced all the way to third with an errant throw on the play. Baltz was then plunked before Lauricella plated a run with an RBI single. After a Kelly sacrifice fly and a Peterson RBI single, Brennan grounded a two-run single into center field and later came around to score on a wild pitch.
Lobban, meanwhile, retired all eight batters he faced before giving way to Kyle Hansen, who retired the lone batter he faced to close out the eighth inning.
FDU added a run with a bases loaded walk in the ninth for the final margin.
St. John's continues its six-game homestand at Kaiser Stadium, hosting Albany for a 3 p.m. game on March 16.