March 28, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's committed five errors, including four third-inning miscues that led to five unearned runs, and lost to Maryland by a 16-4 margin. Pat Talbut and Jimmy Brennan each went 3-for-4 to pace St. John's (13-11), while Jeremy Baltz, Zach Lauricella and Sean O'Hare had an RBI apiece. Brendan Lobban (2-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs, one earned, in 3.0 innings of work. Alfredo Rodriguez had four RBI to lead Maryland (17-9), while reliever Charlie Haslup (2-1) earned the win after tossing 4.1 scoreless innings.
Maryland got on the board in the top of the first inning as a one-out triple by Jordan Hagel set up a Kyle Convissar RBI single to make it a 1-0 game.
St. John's answered immediately in the bottom of the frame, however, to take a 2-1 lead. Talbut singled with one out before Matt Wessinger reached on a fielder's choice on a play in which no outs were made. Baltz followed with an RBI single before Lauricella gave the Red Storm a 2-1 lead with an RBI triple to gap in right center.
Lobban worked a 1-2-3 second inning, but four Red Storm errors in the third led to five unearned runs as Maryland took a 6-2 lead. A one-out single by Korey Wacker was one of just two hits in the frame.
The Red Storm then loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame and chased starter Sander Beck, but was limited to just one run. Talbut and Wessinger led off with back-to-back singles before a walk to Baltz marked the end of the day for Beck. O'Hare followed with a one-out double, but a mistake on the base paths chased home just one run and Maryland got out of the inning with a three-run lead, 6-3.
Maryland went up 8-3 in the fourth as reliever Jerome Werniuk plunked back-to-back batters with one out before pinch hitter Ryan Holland followed with a two-run triple. Kevin Kilpatrick entered and retired the next two batters to end the inning and stayed on to work a scoreless fifth.
After the Terrapins added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, St. John's chased Haslup in the bottom of the seventh. Brennan and Martin Kelly led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Maryland went to the pen with one out. Jake Stinnett, however, was able to end the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.
A Tomo Delp RBI double and a Rodriguez three-run blast in the eighth followed by an Aaron Etchison RBI single in the ninth made it a 16-3 ballgame.
St. John's added a run in the ninth as Brennan singled to lead off the frame before pinch hitter Kyle Richardson drew a walk. Pinch hitter Anthony Iacomini then reached on an error and Brennan scored for the final 16-4 margin.
St. John's returns to action at 3 p.m. on March 30, hosting West Virginia in the first game of a three-game BIG EAST series.