March 20, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Senior Eddie Medina racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts and Jeremy Baltz finished 4-for-6 with a home run and four RBI as St. John's won its sixth-straight game with a 16-6 win against NYIT. Baltz also scored four runs and finished a double shy of the cycle to lead St. John's (10-9), while Martin Kelly and Eric Peterson had two RBI apiece. Medina (2-0) allowed five runs, three, earned in 5.0 innings to earn the win. Ali Rodriguez and Sebastian Grazziani each finished 1-for-5 with an RBI to pace NYIT (2-11), while Ryan Dillabough (1-1) took the loss after allowing eight runs, seven earned, in 4.2 innings.
NYIT grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first as Robert Loftus drew a leadoff walk and Steve McNamara followed with a single. Following a strikeout, Dan Lackner gave the Bears a 1-0 lead with a single through the left side. Medina, however, responded with a pair of strikeouts to strike out the side.
St. John's answered right back with five-consecutive two-out hits to plate four runs in the bottom of the frame. Matt Wessinger and Baltz each singled with two outs before Zach Lauricella reached on an infield single, but an errant throw allowed Wessinger to score. Sean O'Hare followed with an RBI single before a Peterson two-run single gave the Red Storm a 4-1 lead.
A leadoff single and a pair of errors helped the Bears respond with a four-run second frame to retake the lead, 5-4. After plating one run on a wild pitch and another run on a Rodriguez RBI single, the Bears took advantage of a pair of errors to plate a pair of unearned runs. Medina did have two more strikeouts in the frame to total five through the first two innings.
The Red Storm tied the game in the second as Kyle Lombardo tripled and scored on a wild pitch before taking advantage of an error in the fourth inning to take the lead for good at 6-5. After reaching on a one-out error, Kelly advanced to second on a walk and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on an errant throw from the catcher.
After Medina added two strikeouts in the third, the righty added two more as part of a 1-2-3 fourth inning and finished his outing with two more strikeouts in the fifth.
A Kelly two-run single through the right side to make it an 8-5 ballgame in the fifth.
Wessinger drew a leadoff walk to set the table for another two-run inning in the sixth as Baltz promptly followed with an RBI triple to gap in right center before Lauricella made it 10-5 with a sacrifice fly.
After working a 1-2-3 top of the sixth, Kevin Kilpatrick added a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the seventh.
A two-out rally made it a 14-5 game in the seventh as seven-consecutive batters reached base after the second out was made. Lombardo walked and stole second before scoring on a Wessinger RBI single. Wessinger then stole second and moved to third on an errant pickoff throw before a Baltz RBI single. After pinch hitter Robert Case walked and pinch hitter Anthony Iacomini was plunked, Pat Talbut drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run. Pinch hitter Frank Schwindel then reached on an error and another run scored to make it 14-5.
St. John's then used the long ball to make it a 16-5 game in the eighth. After Lombardo singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch, Baltz blasted a two-out, two-run home run to left field.
The Bears added a run in the ninth on a Grazziani RBI single for the final 16-6 margin.
St. John's concludes its six-game homestand on March 21, hosting LIU for a 3:30 p.m. game.