April 11, 2009
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
Despite being held to just seven hits through the first seven innings, West Virginia used a nine-run eighth inning to defeat the St. John's baseball team, 16-2, in the final game of a BIG EAST series. Brian Kemp, Joe Panik and Danny Benedetti had two hits apiece to pace St. John's (19-12, 8-4). Jimmy Parque and Panik each added an RBI. Brendan Lobban (3-2) took the loss, allowing six runs in 5.0 innings. Austin Markel and Grant Buckner had three RBI apiece to lead West Virginia (25-7, 10-2). Billy Gross (5-2) earned the win after allowing just two runs in 8.0 innings.
St. John's took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After Kemp led off with a single through the right side, Tim Morris and Greg Hopkins loaded the bases with back-to-back one-out singles. Panik then lifted a sacrifice fly into left field to plate Kemp.
The Mountaineers responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Following a Justin Parks bunt single to open the inning, Markel launched a two-run home run over the fence in center field. Jedd Gyorko followed with a double before moving to third on a one-out bloop single by Dan DiBartolomeo. Tobias Streich then plated a run with an RBI groundout before an error and a walk loaded the bases. Lobban induced a fly out end the inning with West Virginia leading 3-1.
Matt Wessinger walked to open the second inning for the Red Storm and stole second base. After moving to third on a fly out to right field, Parque roped an RBI double off the wall in center and St. John's trailed 3-2.
Justin Parks singled to lead off the bottom of the second and advanced on a wild pitch before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt. Gyorko put West Virginia up 4-2 with a sacrifice fly to deep center field.
After setting down seven Mountaineers in a row, Lobban allowed an infield single to Streich in the fifth before Bucker lined a two-run home run to left field and West Virginia extended its lead to 6-2.
Stephen Rivera entered in the sixth and allowed a lead off walk to Mark Dvoroznak. After a sacrifice bunt moved Dvoroznak to second, Rivera plunked Markel before issuing a walk to Gyorko to load the bases. Vince Belnome lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it a 7-2 West Virginia lead.
The Mountaineers added nine runs in the eighth on five hits to take a 16-2 lead.
St. John's will host Hofstra at 3 p.m. on April 15 before welcoming Cincinnati for a three-game BIG EAST set on the weekend.
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