March 22, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's baseball team defeated Villanova, 10-3, to sweep its opening BIG EAST series for the second-straight year. Matt Wessinger had three RBI, while Jimmy Parque and Danny Benedetti had two hits and two RBI each to lead St. John's (11-7, 3-0). Nick Cenatiempo (1-1) earned the win, allowing one run in 3.1 innings. Dain Hall had two RBI to pace Villanova (10-9, 0-3).
St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after just two batters. Following a Brian Kemp triple to right center, Wessinger had an RBI groundout to put the Red Storm on the board.
With a three-run third, the Red Storm jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Joe Panik was plunked to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice moved Panik to second, Matias walked and Kemp was also plunked to load the bases. Panik then scored on a passed ball before a two-run single by Wessinger into left field.
After Red Storm starter Kevin Kilpatrick had retired 14 of 15 batters, Villanova responded in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs. After two quick outs, Marlon Calbi and Matt Szczur both singled. Joe Rosati was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Hall followed with a two-run single to left field that chased Kilpatrick.
Matt McFolling added a run for the Wildcats in the sixth with a one-out solo home run off Nick Cenatiempo that made the score 4-3.
The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the eighth, when St. John's broke open the game with six runs. After Greg Hopkins led off the inning with a double, Carlos Del Rosario and Panik each walked to load the bases. Benedetti followed with a two-run single up the middle to extend the Red Storm lead to 6-3. After a walk to Matias, Kemp lifted a sacrifice fly into center field and Parque added a two-run single up the middle. Tim Morris made it a 10-3 game with an RBI double.
Kilpatrick earned a no-decision in his first BIG EAST appearance, allowing two runs and striking out four in 4.2 innings.
St. John's travels to face Columbia on March 24 before a weekend series with Georgetown.