March 28, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - After St. John's plated the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of a game one win, Cincinnati used a three-run eighth to win game two as the teams split a doubleheader. St. John's (9-15, 1-4) recorded a 6-5 win in the first game, while Cincinnati (9-14, 1-4) won the second game by a 6-5 margin.
Bret Dennis was 1-for-3 with a three-run double, while Danny Bethea finished 1-for-4 with two RBI to lead St. John's in game one. Starter James Lomangino had eight strikeouts and allowed four runs, one earned, in 5.2 innings to earn a no-decision, while Joey Graziano (1-0) allowed one run in 2.1 innings of relief to earn the win. Ethan McAlpine went 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead Cincinnati, while Art Warren (1-2) surrendered one run in 2.0 innings of relief for the loss.
Sean O'Hare went 3-for-4 to pace the offense in game two, while Kyle Lombardo was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ryan McCormick (2-4) allowed one unearned run in 1.2 innings of work to take the loss in relief. Ryan Quinn finished 1-for-4 with two RBI for the Bearcats, while Thomas Gentile (1-0) earned the win with a 1.0 scoreless inning of relief and starter Mitch Patishall allowed five runs, zero earned, in 4.1 innings for a no-decision.
Cincinnati quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one after McAlpline was plunked to lead off the inning before Forrest Perron walked and Justin Glass followed with an RBI single. Ian Happ then walked to load the bases, but Lomangino got back-to-back strikeouts and a fielder's choice to end the inning without further damage.
After Lomangino added two more strikeouts in a scoreless second frame, St. John's put up five runs in the bottom of the frame. Frank Schwindel led off with a single before an O'Hare double gave the Red Storm runners on second and third. Bethea followed with an RBI groundout before Lombardo and Jamal Clarke drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Dennis then cleared the bases with a triple off the base of the wall in right center before Pat Talbut made it 5-1 with a sacrifice fly into center field.
The Bearcats took advantage of a Red Storm error in the sixth to plate three unearned runs and pull to within 5-4. After a Woody Wallace single, Brendon Neel reached on an error before Matt Williams walked with one out to load the bases. Lomangino then struck out pinch hitter Taylor Schmidt before McAlpine cleared the bases with a double into left. St. John's then went to the bullpen and Graziano issued a walk before ending the inning with a strikeout.
Cincinnati added a run in the eighth after Quinn and McAlpine set the table with back-to-back one-out singles to give the Bearcats runners on the corners. The Bearcats then tied the game at 5-5 on a double steal.
St. John's retook the lead, however, with a two-out rally in the eighth. After O'Hare was plunked with two outs and stole second, Bethea grounded an RBI single through the left side to give the Red Storm a 6-5 lead.
Thomas Hackimer had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his fourth save.
St. John's took advantage of three Bearcat errors to take the lead with four unearned runs in the third inning of game two. Dustin Breshears walked to lead off the inning and then stole second, but advanced to third on an errant throw from the catcher. Patishall retired the next batter before Jimmy Brennan reached on error and advanced to second as Breshears scored. After Martin Kelly walked and a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, Schwindel reached on error as two more runs came home. O'Hare followed with a single before Lombardo made it 4-0 with an RBI single into right field.
The Red Storm added another unearned run in the fifth as Dennis was plunked to lead off the inning before taking second on an errant pickoff attempt. Talbut followed with an RBI single into right field and St. John's led 5-0.
Cincinnati answered in the sixth, loading the bases with one out as part of a three-run inning. McAlpine and Perron put together back-to-back one-out singles before Glass was plunked to load the bases. Happ followed with an RBI fielder's choice and Wallace added an RBI single before Williams made it 5-3 with an RBI double.
The Bearcats then chased starter Sean Hagan and took the lead as part of a three-run eighth. After retiring the leadoff batter, Hagan allowed a single and issued a walk before being lifted. McCormick entered and both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Quinn tied the game with an RBI double. An error extended the inning before Perron gave the Bearcats a 6-5 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Andrew Strenge worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save for Cincinnati.
St. John's concludes its series against Cincinnati with a 1 p.m. rubber game on March 30.
Notes: Sean O'Hare recorded the 200th hit of his career and extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the third inning of game two.