March 23, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's lost its second-straight game as Pittsburgh took advantage of eight walks and three errors to put together a pair of six-run innings and defeat the Red Storm, 14-2. Frank Schwindel finished 2-for-3 and Sean O'Hare was 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace St. John's (7-13, 0-2). Sean Hagan (1-4) had six strikeouts and allowed seven runs, three earned, in 5.0 innings of work in a losing effort. Casey Roche and Elvin Soto each went 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead Pittsburgh (14-6, 2-0), while Matt Wotherspoon (4-1) allowed just two runs and scattered seven hits in a complete game effort to earn the win.
Hagan had two strikeouts in the first inning and eventually retired the first seven batters of the game before allowing a one-out double to Stephen Vranka in the third inning. A groundout moved Vranka to third base before Evan Oswald grounded an RBI single through the left side to give Pitt a 1-0 lead.
Pitt then took advantage of four unearned runs to break the game open with a six-run fourth. Soto had an RBI single and Dylan Wolsonovich drew a bases loaded walk with two outs before back-to-back errors extended the inning and led to three runs. Roche later added an RBI single and the Panthers led 7-0.
St. John's answered quickly in the bottom of the fourth as the first three batters reached base as part of a two-run frame. Martin Kelly led off with a single into right before Schwindel singled through the left side and O'Hare followed with an RBI single into right field. Danny Bethea then lifted a sacrifice fly into center to make it a 7-2 ballgame before Zach Lauricella walked, but Wotherspoon escaped further damage with an inning-ending double play.
Hagan worked a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth to end his outing as St. John's went to the bullpen in the sixth. Reliever Joey Christopher issued back-to-back walks to open the inning before rebounding to retire the next two batters, but Steven Shelinksy Jr. followed with an RBI single to give Pitt an 8-2 lead.
The Panthers faced four different St. John's relievers in the seventh and had just two hits, but took advantage of three hit batsman and three walks as part of a six-run inning. Roche had a sacrifice fly in the frame and Boo Vazquez drew a bases loaded walk, while Soto had an RBI single.
Thomas Hackimer worked 2.1 scoreless innings of relief for the Red Storm.
St. John's concludes its series against Pittsburgh with a noon game on March 24 on ESPN3.