April 6, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Joe Panik homered and registered his fourth-career five-RBI game as St. John's improved to 6-0 at home this season with a 13-4 win against Wagner. Panik was 3-for-4 on the day to lead St. John's (14-12), while Jimmy Brennan was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run. Stephen Rivera (2-2) tossed 3.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Eddie Brown was 1-for-3 with a solo home run to pace Wagner (8-17).
Wagner grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Eddie Brown led off the game with a home run to left center.
St. John's answered quickly, however, plating three runs in the bottom of the first. After Brennan tripled to lead off the game Matt Wessinger walked to set up first and third. Wessinger then stole second, but the throw went into centerfield and Brennan scored as Wessinger moved to third. Panik then launched a two-run home run to right center field and St. John's led 3-1.
Wagner tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run third inning as Cliff Brantley had an RBI single and Hayden Hunter added a sacrifice fly.
Back-to-back walks to open the fourth led to a three-run inning as St. John's retook a 6-3 lead. Paul Karmas drew a lead off walk before Kevin Grove walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Brennan then launched a two-out, three-run home run to right field.
Starter Anthony Cervone was lifted after 4.0 innings of work and Rivera entered and pitched a quick 1-2-3 fifth inning before adding two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 sixth.
The first two batters once again reached in the sixth inning as St. John's took a 9-3 lead with three more runs. After Grove drew a lead off walk, Josh Daniel singled into center field before Brenan drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Wessinger then reached on an error as two runs came around to score before Panik added a sacrifice fly.
Rivera eventually retired his first seven batters before allowing a one-out double in the seventh, but retired the next two batters to keep Wagner off the board.
After reliever Eddie Medina worked a scoreless eighth inning, St. John's plated four more runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 13-3. Pat Talbut drew a lead off walk before Kyle Richardson and Wessinger were both plunked to load the bases with no outs. Panik then lined a two-run single into right field before Jeremy Baltz added a sacrifice fly. Frankie Schwindel later added a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single to give the Red Storm a 13-3 advantage.
Wagner plated an unearned run in the ninth to make it a 13-4 margin.
St. John's returns to action on April 8 with a 6 p.m. game at Seton Hall to open a three-game series with the Pirates.