March 30, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - Ryan Horstman worked a career-high 7.0 innings as St. John's scored in four-consecutive innings beginning in the third frame and defeated Cincinnati, 7-4, to notch its first BIG EAST series win of the season. Frank Schwindel finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Alex Caruso went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Sean O'Hare went 1-for-4 with two RBI to lead St. John's (10-15, 2-4). Horstman (4-3) allowed one unearned run and had four strikeouts to earn the win. Brendon Neel was 1-for-3 with two RBI to lead Cincinnati (9-15, 1-5), while starter Austin Pritchard (0-1) allowed four runs in 4.1 innings to take the loss.
The Bearcats took advantage of an error to take an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. After Devin Wenzel reached third on a one-out fly ball that was misplayed in center field, Neel lifted a sacrifice fly into left field.
St. John's then took the lead for good with two runs in the third after Kyle Lombardo was plunked and Bret Dennis reached on an infield to set the table. Pat Talbut then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached on a fielder's choice as an unsuccessful effort to retire the lead runner left the bases loaded. Schwindel followed with a two-out RBI single up the middle and the Red Storm led 2-1.
Horstman, meanwhile, registered his third strikeout as part of a 1-2-3 third inning and did not allow a hit until a two-out single in the fourth.
A leadoff double by Danny Bethea led to a run in the fourth inning as St. John's extended its lead to 3-1. A sacrifice bunt moved Bethea to third before Lombardo lifted a sacrifice fly into center field.
St. John's chased Pritchard and went up 6-1 as part of a three-run fifth inning. Caruso got things started with a one-out single and Cincinnati went to the bullpen for Art Warren. Martin Kelly greeted Warren with an RBI double inside the third base bag before a Schwindel single gave the Red Storm runners on the corners with one out. Sean O'Hare then lined a two-run double into left center to chase Warren before reliever Bryan Chenoweth retired the next two batters to escape further damage.
The Red Storm extended the lead to 7-1 in the sixth after Dennis drew a one-out walk and Caruso followed with a two-out RBI double into the left field corner.
Cincinnati, however, grabbed two runs back in the eighth against the St. John's bullpen. After allowing back-to-back singles to open the inning, reliever Joey Christopher loaded the bases with a one-out walk. Wenzel followed with an RBI fielder's choice, but an error on the play prevented an out from being recorded and the bases remained loaded. Neel followed with an RBI groundout to make it a 7-3 game before a flyout ended the inning.
The Bearcats looked to rally in the ninth as a leadoff walk and a hit batsman to open the inning chased Christopher from the game. Thomas Hackimer entered and retired the first batter he faced before a walk loaded the bases with one out. Woody Wallace then blooped an RBI single into right center as Cincinnati pulled to within 7-4 and kept the bases loaded. Hackimer then fielded a comebacker and threw home for the forceout before ending the game and notching his fifth save by inducing a groundball that resulted in a fielder's choice.
St. John's returns to action on April 1 with a 2 p.m. doubleheader against NYIT. Both games are scheduled as seven-inning contests and will air on ESPN3.