Seven-Run Third Inning Propels St. John's Past Fairfield, 12-5|
March 17, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's baseball team extended its winning streak to six games, belting out 19 hits in a 12-5 win against Fairfield. Tim Morris was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, while reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Greg Hopkins added two hits and three RBI to lead St. John's (8-6). Jimmy Parque was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and Brian Kemp had a home run and two RBI to add to the Red Storm's offensive attack. Chris Horning had three doubles and an RBI to pace Fairfield (3-9).
With two outs in the first, St. John's used three-straight singles to plate a run. After Parque singled to left field, Paul Karmas reached on an infield single before Morris singled up the middle to plate Parque.
Fairfield came right back with two runs in the second to take the 2-1 lead. Horning doubled to lead off the inning before Tyler Wosleger reached on an error. Ryan Furbeck followed with an RBI groundout before Matt Tiagwad added an RBI single.
St. John's followed with a seven-run third inning to open up the game. Kemp led off with a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2. Danny Benedetti then singled before Parque doubled down the right field line and the Red Storm had runners on second and third. After a Karmas walk loaded the bases, Morris doubled down the right field line to plate two runs. Hopkins added a two-run double of his own before Joe Panik singled up the middle to plate the Red Storm's sixth run of the inning. Kemp lifted a one-out sacrifice fly into center field to round out the scoring in a third inning that saw 11-men step to the plate.
Wosleger opened a run-scoring inning for Fairfield in the fourth with an infield single. After Mark Skrapits doubled to left field, Nathans added a two-out RBI single.
The Stags went to the bullpen in the fourth and Kyle Goldstein plunked Parque to open the inning. After Morris moved Parque to third with a single, Parque trotted home on a wild pitch. Hopkins added an RBI single before a double play ended the frame with St. John's leading 10-3.
After two quick outs in the top of the fifth, Bill Rafferty reached on an error to start things for Fairfield. Following a wild pitch, Horning doubled to plate a run and Wosleger added an RBI single.
The Red Storm then tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Gino Matias reached on a bunt single before scoring on an RBI double by Benedetti. Parque then put the Red Storm up 12-5, plating Benedetti with an RBI single.
Eddie Medina (2-1) allowed just one earned run in 5.0 innings of work to pick up his second-straight win. Kevin Kilpatrick, meanwhile, tallied four strikeouts in 4.0 scoreless innings to earn the save, the first of his career.