March 31, 2009
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Freshman Eddie Medina tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work as the St. John's baseball team defeated LIU, 16-4. Jimmy Parque was 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Greg Hopkins was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's (14-9). Brian Kemp, Tim Morris, Kevin Watkins and Paul Karmas also add two hits apiece for the Red Storm. Medina (4-1), meanwhile, scattered five hits, four singles, and allowed just two unearned runs. Frank Dimasi was 3-for-5 to pace LIU (3-17).
After setting down St. John's with a 1-2-3 top of the first, the Blackbirds plated a run in the bottom of the first. Frank Dimasi singled up the middle with two outs and moved to second base after an error on a pick off attempt. Chris Kievet then delivered an RBI double to put LIU up 1-0.
The Red Storm responded with two runs in the top of the second. Morris led off with a single through the right side. With Morris in motion, Hopkins singled and moved to second on the throw to give St. John's runners on second and third with no outs. After Joe Panik lifted a sacrifice fly to tie the game, Karmas gave St. John's the 2-1 lead with an RBI single.
LIU opened the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles by Derek Stupski and Tyler Jones. Drew Walsh then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but was safe on a throwing error by Medina that also brought home Stupski to tie the game at 2-2. Following a strike out, Medina plunked James Jones to load the bases, but then induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Kemp singled to lead off the third and stole second before Matt Wessinger walked. After an RBI double by Parque gave St. John's a 3-2 lead, Morris drew a walk to load the bases. Hopkins followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Red Storm up 4-2.
With one out in the fourth St. John's had seven-straight batters reach base in a five-run inning. Joe Witkowski singled and Kemp walked before Wessinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Following RBI singles by both Morris and Hopkins, Parque plated two runs with a single of his own. An RBI single by Panik put St. John's up 9-2.
The Red Storm added a run in the fifth as Kemp singled with two outs and stole second before scoring on a Wessinger single just inside the third base bag.
Watkins added his first career home run to lead off the eighth, a solo shot over the wall in right field that gave St. John's an 11-2 lead. After three walks loaded the bases, David Fallon connected on an RBI single through the right side, the first hit of his career. The RBI for Fallon was also a career first. A walk to Gino Matias forced in another run and LIU went to the bullpen. Parque then greeted reliever John Slootmaker with a two-run single and St. John's led 15-2. Watkins stepped to the plate again and nearly blasted his second home run of the inning, but the ball landed at the base of the wall for an RBI double.
Michael Tinneny and James Jones each added an RBI in the bottom of the ninth for the Blackbirds.
Kevin Kilpatrick earned his second save, fanning four and allowing two runs, one earned, in 3.0 innings of work.
St. John's will host NYIT on Wednesday at 3 p.m., before hosting a three-game set against BIG EAST rival Rutgers beginning on Friday.