April 9, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Starter Bruce Kern racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead St. John's to a series-opening 11-3 win against West Virginia. Jeremy Baltz was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Greg Hopkins added two RBI to pace St. John's (17-10, 4-3). Kern (5-2) allowed three runs, two earned, in 7.0 innings of work. Justin McDavid had two RBI for West Virginia (14-16, 2-5).
A lead off walk to McDavid opened up a one-run inning for West Virginia in the second. After moving to second base on a sacrifice bunt, McDavid came around to score on an error.
St. John's answered with a run in bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1. After walking with one out, Hopkins was put in motion and scored all the way from first on a Matt Wessinger double into the gap in left center.
Scott Ferrara led off a four-run third inning with a single and stole second before a one-out walk to Joe Panik. Baltz then reached on a fielder's choice as WVU elected to get the lead the runner, but Panik reached second safely and Ferrara scored as the throw to second went into the outfield. Jimmy Parque was then plunked to load the bases before Hopkins reached on an RBI fielder's choice, but an errant throw to first allowed another run to score. Sean O'Hare then lined an RBI single into right center as St. John's took a 5-1 lead.
Despite striking out the side in the fifth, Kern allowed two runs as a pair of walks eventually scored on a McDavid two-run double.
St. John's went up 7-3 in the fifth as Baltz led off the frame with a solo home run to deep left center field.
St. John's extended its lead to 9-3 lead in the seventh. After a Panik double, Baltz followed with an RBI double to chase Jarryd Summers (1-5) from the game. Parque greeted reliever Jonathan Jones with an infield single before Hopkins followed with an RBI single to set up runners on first and third with one out. Hopkins then stole second, but the throw from the catcher sailed into center field and Parque trotted home.
Joe Witkowski reached on an error to open a two-run eighth. After a sacrifice bunt moved Witkowski to second, Pat Talbut followed with an RBI single. Panik then singled before Baltz lined a two-run double into left field.
St. John's continues its series against West Virginia at 1 p.m. on April 10.
Notes: Kern struck out the side in the fifth and had two strikeouts in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings ... Baltz has a team-best 10 multi-RBI games ... Talbut collected his first-career hit, RBI and run scored ... St. John's had five stolen bases in the game, including three by Ferrara.