March 27, 2009
BETHESDA, Md. - Redshirt senior Nick Luisi allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings as the St. John's baseball team defeated Georgetown, 7-2, in BIG EAST action. Joe Panik was 4-for-4 with two RBI and Danny Benedetti also added two RBI to lead St. John's (13-7, 4-0). Brian Kemp had three hits, while Tim Morris and Carlos Del Rosario also had two hits apiece. Erick Fernandez had a two-run home run to pace Georgetown (8-15, 1-3).
After a scoreless top of the first inning, the Hoyas took an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Tom Elliot singled through the right side before Erick Fernandez homered to right center field and Georgetown led 2-0.
With one out in the top of the second Greg Hopkins walked before moving to second on a wild pitch and advancing to third on a balk by starter Will Harris. Benedetti then grounded a come-backer up the middle that caromed off of Harris allowing Hopkins to score from third and put St. John's on the board.
St. John's tied the game at 2-2 in the third. Kemp led off the inning with a single into left center. After stealing second, Kemp moved to third on a Matt Wessinger groundout. Jimmy Parque then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to plate Kemp and tie the score.
The Red Storm took the lead with a run in the fourth. After Del Rosario doubled to lead off the inning, Benedetti laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Del Rosario to third. Panik then singled through the left side to bring in Del Rosario and give St. John's a 3-2 lead.
Tim Morris doubled to lead off a four-run sixth inning for St. John's. Hopkins then drew a walk, while Morris moved to third as ball four was a wild pitch. After a Del Rosario RBI double, Benedetti lifted a sacrifice fly into right center field to give St. John's a 5-2 advantage. With one out and a runner on third, the Hoyas brought the infield in and Panik doubled off the right field wall to put the Red Storm up 6-2 and chase Harris from the game. Reliever Jack Bender got the second out of the inning before Kemp singled through the left side and Panik raced home.
Luisi settled down after allowing two runs in the first inning and, with a pair of double plays, faced the minimum three batters in four of the next six innings. After retiring the lead off batter in the eighth, however, Luisi allowed back-to-back singles and St. John's went to the bullpen and brought in Nick Cenatiempo. After inducing a pop up for the second out, Cenatiempo walked Fernandez to load the bases. The reliever, however, got Sean Lamont to fly out to end the threat.
St. John's and Georgetown will take to the field tomorrow for the second game of the series. The game time has been changed to 10:45 a.m., due to impending inclement weather.