March 17, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Danny Bethea had a two-run homer and Jeremy Baltz added a solo blast as St. John's received 7.0 innings of work from starter Sean Hagan and defeated Albany, 8-3. Bethea was 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Baltz went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead St. John's (8-9). Hagan (2-1) allowed three runs and had six strikeouts to earn the win. Pete DiResta was 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace Albany (4-10), while Sean Lucas (1-2) took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, in 5.2 innings of work.
After Hagan worked a 1-2-3 top of the first, St. John's got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Martin Kelly lined a one-out single into left center before Matt Wessinger roped a triple to the wall in left center to give St. John's a 1-0 lead. Baltz followed with a sacrifice fly to deep center and the Red Storm led 2-0 after one inning.
Hagan used a strike-`em-out-throw-`em-out double play to escape the second inning, but Albany plated a run in the third. Gordon Madej singled to lead off the inning before a walk and a force out at second base set up runners at the corners with one out. Nolan Gaige then lifted a sacrifice fly into left field and the Great Danes trailed 2-1.
St. John's answered right back, however, as Baltz launched a one-out solo home run to left field to give the Red storm a 3-1 lead.
The Great Danes responded with a long ball of their own as Mike Tirri homered off the right field foul pole to make it a 3-2 game in the fourth. A single and a walk gave Albany runners on first and second with one out, but Hagan rolled a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.
Albany used a two-out rally to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth. Gaige set the table with a two-out single before Greg Muller walked and DiResta followed with an RBI single into left field.
St. John's retook the lead with an unearned run in the fifth. After reaching on an error, Baltz stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a balk to give the Red Storm a 4-3 lead.
The Red Storm used the long ball to add two more runs and go up 6-3 in the sixth. After Robert Case walked with one out, Bethea blasted a two-run home run over the scoreboard in left center for his first-career home run.
St. John's returns to action on March 18, hosting Holy Cross at noon.