Six-Run Second Inning Leads Connecticut Past St. John's, 8-2|
April 3, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - St. John's did not allow a run after the second inning, but Connecticut plated six runs in the second to win 8-2 and complete a series sweep. Jeremy Baltz was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Joe Witkowski was 1-for-1 with an RBI to pace St. John's (13-12, 3-3). Sean Hagan worked 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of Brendan Lobban (3-1), who lost for the first time this season after allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings of work. Mike Nemeth was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead Connecticut (14-10-1, 5-1). Greg Nappo (3-1) allowed just one run in 6.0 innings of work to earn the win.
The Huskies plated two runs in the bottom of the first to grab an early lead. LJ Mazzilli doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch before Nick Ahmed blooped an RBI double into center field. Following another wild pitch, George Springer added an RBI single to put UConn up 2-0.
St. John's answered immediately with a run in the top of the second. Robert Case doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Witkowski followed with an RBI double into the gap in right center and the Red Storm trailed 2-1.
UConn, however, answered with a six-run bottom of the second to go up 8-1. Doug Elliot opened the scoring with an RBI single before an Ahmed RBI groundout and a Springer RBI single. Nemeth then connected on a three-run home run to right field.
St. John's tried to answer back as a lead off walk to Matt Wessinger in the third was followed by a two-out double by Baltz, but Nappo got Paul Karmas to pop up in foul territory as the Red Storm stranded two base runners.
After a one-out walk in the fifth set up runners on the corners for the Huskies and Hagan came in from the bullpen to replace Lobban. Hagan quickly induced a 4-6-3 double-play and eventually retired six-straight before allowing consecutive base runners in the seventh.
Held scoreless for five-straight innings, St. John's got on the board with a run in the eighth after pinch-hitter Rowan Wick led off with a double inside the third base bag and moved to third on a groundout. Baltz followed with a groundball to plate Wick, but reached first safely on an error as the Red Storm closed to within 8-2.
St. John's returns home to host Wagner for a 3 p.m. game on April 6 at Kaiser Stadium.