April 10, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The St. John's baseball team scored seven times in the first two innings en route to defeating West Virginia, 10-5, in the second game of a BIG EAST series. Joe Panik was 4-for-5 with three RBI, while Carlos Del Rosario was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's (19-11, 8-3). Greg Hopkins and Gino Matias added two hits and two RBI apiece for the Red Storm. Eddie Medina (5-1) earned the win after tossing 4.0 innings of scoreless relief. Dan DiBartolomeo had three hits and Austin Markel had three RBI for West Virginia (24-7, 9-2).
St. John's sent 10 men to the plate in a four-run first inning. After Brian Kemp singled through the left side on the first pitch of the game, Jimmy Parque singled through the right side two pitches later. Tim Morris grounded a slow roller to second with one out, but reached on an error to load the bases. Hopkins then dropped down a perfect bunt single to plate Kemp and give the Red Storm a 1-0 lead. Panik gave St. John's a 3-0 lead with a two-run single through the left side before Matias followed with an RBI groundout.
Following a one-out walk to Markel in the bottom of the first, starter Nick Luisi allowed a double to Jedd Gyorko down the right field line. Vince Belnome then plated a run with a fielder's choice as shortstop Panik fielded the groundball and elected to take the out at third base. Luisi induced a foul out to end the frame with the score 4-1.
The Red Storm scored three runs with two outs in the second inning. After the first two outs had been made, Morris was plunked and then stole second base. Hopkins then singled through the right side to plate Morris and Panik followed with a single to chase starter Jonathan Jones (4-1) from the game. Following a wild pitch that advanced the runners to second and third, Matias plated a run with an infield single deep in the hole to shortstop. Del Rosario then lined an RBI single into right field as St. John's took a 7-1 lead.
DiBartolomeo singled to open up the bottom of the second and Grant Buckner followed with a one-out single. After a balk moved both runners up, Mark Dvoroznak plated a run with an RBI groundout.
West Virginia loaded the bases in the third after a pair of walks and a bunt single, but Luisi ended the frame with a groundout.
Morris led off the fourth with a single into right field and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Panik followed with his third hit of the game, an RBI single, into right field to cap a 10-pitch at-bat and give St. John's an 8-2 lead.
The Mountaineers plated two runs in the fourth after Parks doubled with one out and Markel followed with a two-run home run to right center field.
After DiBartolomeo doubled and Agreste walked to open the bottom of the fifth, St. John's went to the bullpen for Medina. A sacrifice bunt moved up both runners before Dvoroznak made it 8-5 with an RBI groundout.
In the bottom of the seventh Agreste singled with one out, but was then thrown out trying to score from first on a double to right field. Del Rosario threw to the second baseman Matias, who relayed the throw to catcher Joe Witkowski to make the tag and end the inning.
Panik led off the ninth with his fourth single of the game as the Red Storm looked to add some insurance. After Matias doubled to deep left field, Del Rosario singled up the middle with the infield in, plating two runs and giving St. John's a 10-5 lead.
Ryan Cole tossed a scoreless ninth to finish the game.
St. John's and West Virginia conclude the three-game set at 1 p.m. on Satday, April 11.