March 24, 2009
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The St. John's baseball team defeated Columbia, 2-1, to extend its winning streak to four games heading into a three-game BIG EAST set with Georgetown this weekend. Gino Matias and Scott Ferrara each had an RBI, while Carlos Del Rosario went 2-for-4 to lead St. John's (12-7). Eddie Medina (3-1) worked 5.0 innings, striking out three and allowing just one unearned run. The Lions, meanwhile, sent nine different pitchers to the mound, each throwing 1.0 inning. Dean Forthun had two hits to lead Columbia (2-16).
After a scoreless first inning, Joe Panik roped a one-out double inside the third base line to start things in the second frame. A perfectly place bunt single by Del Rosario gave St. John's runners on the corners with one out. The Red Storm then took a 1-0 lead as Matias dropped down a bunt and Panik scored from third.
A Billy Rumpke single and a pair of walks to Nick Cox and Dean Forthum loaded the bases for Columbia with two outs in the bottom of the third, but Medina caught Ron Williams looking to end the inning.
Mike Roberts singled up the middle to open the fourth inning before an infield single by Jon Tasman combined with a throwing error gave the Lions first and third. Roberts then trotted home to tie the score at 1-1 when Anthony Potter grounded into a double play.
Following a Joe Witkowski triple to lead off the fifth, Ferrara quickly plated a run with a single through the left side and St. John's retook the lead, 2-1.
St. John's went to the bullpen in the sixth inning, bringing in Steve Forster. The righty worked 2.0 scoreless innings, allowing just one walk and retiring six of the seven batters he faced.
Miguel Valcarcel, meanwhile, tallied two strikeouts in a scoreless eighth.
Del Rosario doubled to lead off the ninth as the Red Storm looked to add an insurance run. After moving to third on a sacrifice, however, Del Rosario was stranded at third and the lead remained 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
St. John's called on Ryan Cole to close out the game and the righty issued a lead off walk to put the tying run on base. After a sacrifice, pinch hitter Bobby O'Brien lined out to Matt Wessinger at shortstop and Wessinger stepped on second base for a game-ending double play.
St. John's next faces Georgetown for a three-game BIG EAST set. After two games at Georgetown, the series finale will be played at Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets.