April 2, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - St. John's lost both ends of a doubleheader against Connecticut as the Huskies scored nine runs in the final three innings to take game one, 9-1, and scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 6-5 win in game two. Robert Case was a combined 2-for-5 with two RBI to pace St. John's (13-11, 3-2). Kyle Richardson added two RBI and Matt Wessinger had a solo home run in game two. Kyle Hansen (3-3) took the loss in game one, allowing five runs, four earned, and striking out three in 6.2 innings. Kevin Kilpatrick earned the no-decision in game two, striking out five and allowing four runs, three earned, in 7.0 innings of work. Ryan Fuller combined to go 4-for-8 with five RBI on the day to pace UConn (12-10-1, 2-1). Matt Barnes (5-2) earned the win in game one, allowing one run in 8.2 innings. David Fischer (2-1) allowed just one unearned run in 4.0 innings of relief to grab the win in game two.
After allowing a lead off single in the first, Hansen retired five-straight before allowing back-to-back singles with two outs in the second. The righty then plunked Billy Ferriter to load the bases, but got out of the inning with a pop up to short.
Hansen then tossed a quick 1-2-3 third inning before plunking John Andreoli with one out in the fourth, but used a double play to get out of the inning.
Barnes, meanwhile, retired the first 12 men he faced, before St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Jeremy Baltz led off the inning with an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. Sean O'Hare then singled with one out to set up runners on the corners, but was then caught stealing for the second out of the inning. Case, however, followed by roping an RBI triple over the head of George Springer in center field to give the Red storm a 1-0 advantage.
The Huskies put the lead off man on with a single in the bottom of the fifth, but Hansen responded to get a fly out before inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
After Barnes worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning, his offense plated three runs in the bottom of the frame to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead. Nick Ahmed singled to lead off the inning and stole second base before Springer lined an RBI single into center field to tie the game. Fuller then lined a one-out RBI double into right center before a bunt single by Andreoli set up runners on the corners. Andreoli later took off for second, but an errant throw by Hansen allowed a third run to score.
Hansen quickly retired the first two batters in the seventh before allowing four-straight to reach base as the Huskies added a pair of runs to take a 5-1 lead. Ahmed doubled before Springer followed with an RBI double and Mike Nemeth walked. Following an RBI single by Fuller, Hansen was lifted and Stephen Rivera got the final out of the inning.
A two-out, two-run double by Ahmed highlighted a four-run eighth as the Huskies opened up a 9-1 lead, which remained the final margin.
St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game two as Wessinger launched a home run to right field to lead off the game.
The Huskies, however, answered with a two-run second to take a 2-1 lead as Nemeth led off with a single before Fuller connected for a two-run home run to left center field.
St. John's retook the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Case reached on an error to lead off the inning before Kevin Grove drew a four-pitch walk and Joe Witkowski set up runners on second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Richardson then grounded a two-run double just inside the third base bag and the Red Storm grabbed a 3-2 lead.
The Red Storm tacked on two more runs in the sixth to chase starter Elliot Glynn and take a 5-2 lead. Joe Panik led off the inning with a double and UConn went to the bullpen. Panik moved to third on a groundout before Paul Karmas was intentionally walked to set up runners on the corners. Case then laid down a bunt single on a suicide squeeze as Panik scored and Karmas advanced to third. An errant pickoff attempt at first base allowed Karmas to score and St. John's led 5-2.
Kilpatrick, meanwhile, retired 11-straight before plunking Ahmed with one out in the sixth. Springer followed with a single into left field before Nemeth reached on a fielder's choice, but an error on the throw to first allowed a run to score. Fuller then doubled into center field, but Nemeth was thrown out at home on a perfect 8-6-2 relay.
After a 1-2-3 seventh, Kilpatrick walked the lead off man in the eighth and was lifted from the game. LJ Mazzilli greeted reliever Eddie Medina with an infield single before Ahmed moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to Springer loaded the bases. UConn closed to within 5-4 as Nemeth reached on an RBI fielder's choice, but Medina got Fuller swinging to end the inning.
UConn, however, rallied for two runs off Matt Carasiti (2-2) in the bottom of the ninth to take a 6-5 win. Andreoli walked to lead off the inning and stole second, but was erased at third as Doug Elliot reached on a fielder's choice. Pinch runner Ryan Moore stole second before Carasiti got a fly out for the second out of the inning. Pinch-hitter Tim Martin, who went 3-for-4 in game one, followed with an RBI single into center field to tie the game at 5-5. Andreoli then lifted a ball into centerfield, but it was dropped and Martin came around to score the game-winning run.
St. John's concludes its series against Connecticut with a noon game on April 3.