March 29, 2011
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Sean Hagan racked up a career-high 11 strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work, but St. John's stranded 13 runners on base and LIU rallied for a 5-3 win with three runs in the eighth. Joe Panik had two RBI, while Kevin Grove was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead St. John's (12-9), which had its seven-game winning streak snapped. Hagan earned a no-decision, allowing three runs, scattering seven hits and walking none. Drew Walsh and Tito Marrero had two RBI apiece to lead LIU (11-9), while Chris Franzese (2-2) earned the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
St. John's loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first, but starter Skye Freeman got out of the jam with a lineout double play to keep the Red Storm off the board.
Hagan allowed a lead off single in the bottom of the second, but responded by striking out the side.
St. John's then took the lead with a run in the third. Sean O'Hare doubled off the wall in left field with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch. Panik then lined an RBI single into right center to give St. John's a 1-0 lead.
Another run in the fourth put the Red Storm up 2-0. Robert Case led off the frame with a double, his fourth in the past three games, but ended up on third with an error on the play. Grove followed with a one-out RBI single before Freeman retired the next two batters to end the inning.
The Red Storm drew four-consecutive walks to open the fifth inning, but was kept off the board. After O'Hare and Panik walked, O'Hare was picked off of second base before a walk to Jeremy Baltz chased Freeman from the game. Emerson Morillo entered and walked Paul Karmas to load the bases, but retired the next two batters to keep St. John's off the board.
Morillo retired the lead off man in the sixth, but quickly loaded the bases with three-straight walks. Panik then gave St. John's a 3-0 lead with an RBI fielder's choice.
After working a 1-2-3 fourth and striking out the side in the fifth, Hagan eventually retired nine-straight batters before allowing a two-out single to Tyler Jones in the sixth inning. Walsh followed with a two-run blast to right field as the Blackbirds got on the board and closed to within 3-2.
St. John's loaded the bases again in the seventh after Case was plunked with one out and Grove singled with two outs before Kyle Richardson walked. LIU went to the bullpen, though, and Franzese ended the inning with a force out at third.
Following the Walsh home run, Hagan retired six-straight Blackbirds before Sam Sciamarelli doubled with two outs in the eighth to chase the lefty from the game. Matt Carasiti (2-1) entered and plunked the first batter he faced before Walsh reached on an infield single, but an error on the play allowed LIU to tie the game at 3-3. Marrero then lined a two-run single into centerfield to give the Blackbirds a 5-3 advantage, their first lead of the game.
LIU went to the bullpen again in the ninth and Evan Zerff worked a 1-2-3 inning to close out the game with his seventh save of the year.
St. John's returns to action on March 30, traveling to face Albany for a 2 p.m. contest.