April 5, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - Junior Tim Morris had two home runs and five RBI, while senior Danny Benedetti also had five RBI as the St. John's baseball team powered past Rutgers, 15-5, to sweep the series. Morris was 3-for-5 and scored five runs and Benedetti was 4-for-4 to lead St. John's (17-10, 7-2). Brian Kemp added a solo home run for the Red Storm. St. John's starter Brendan Lobban (3-1) allowed just two runs in 6.0 innings to earn the win. Pat Biserta had three RBI to pace Rutgers (12-16, 2-7).
The Red Storm went up 2-0 in the bottom of the frame. Kemp was plunked on the first pitch of the game, but was erased when Jimmy Parque reached on a fielder's choice. Morris then launched a two-run home run over the wall in right field.
Carlos Del Rosario doubled to lead of the second and moved to third on a fly out before scoring on a wild pitch to give St. John's a 3-0 lead.
After striking out the side in the first, Lobban went on to set down the first six batters of the game before allowing a lead off double to Jimenez in the third. Jimenez was doubled off on a line out as Lobban would face the minimum through three innings.
With one out in the third, Morris and Greg Hopkins drew back-to-back walks before Joe Panik reached on an error to load the bases. Gino Matias then singled up the middle with two outs to plate one run, while Benedetti followed with a two RBI single to give St. John's a 6-0 lead.
Lang led off with a walk in the Rutgers fourth and moved to third on a Matthews single. Dan Betteridge then singled to left center to plate one run. After a walk to Jayson Hernandez, Ryan Kapp made it 6-2 with an RBI fielder's choice.
St. John's exploded to score four more run in the fourth to go up 10-2. Kemp led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a groundout before taking third on a wild pitch. Morris then blasted his second two-run home run of the game over the fence in right field. After consecutive singles by Joe Panik and Del Rosario, Benedetti lined a two-run single into left center.
Kemp added a solo home run to right field to lead off the fifth as St. John's went up 11-2. Jimmy Parque then reached on an error, but reached second on the play, before scoring on a Morris RBI single. Morris then trotted home on a wild pitch to give the Red Storm a 13-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the seventh, Morris walked and moved to second on a Hopkins single. The next two batters were retired before pinch hitter Matt Wessinger sent an RBI double down the left field line. Benedetti then sent an RBI single through the left side as St. John's took a 15-2 lead.
Pat Biserta connected on a three-run home run off reliever Bruce Kern in the eighth.
St. John's hosts Wagner at 3 p.m. on April 7 before heading to Morgantown, W.Va, for a three-game BIG EAST series against West Virginia beginning on April 9.