April 11, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Frank Schwindel went 4-for-5 with a career-high five RBI and Matt Wessinger was 4-for-4 with three RBI as St. John's used a season-high 21 hits, including at least one by all nine starters, to defeat Hofstra, 16-3. Jeremy Baltz finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Kyle Richardson was 3-for-4 and Sean O'Hare finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead St. John's (19-14). Brendan Lobban (4-2) had five strikeouts and scattered five hits in 7.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Danny Poma and Kevin Flynn were each 2-for-4 for Hofstra (18-13), while John Schilt (2-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs in 4.0 innings of work.
After Lobban used an inning-ending double play to get out of the first inning, a leadoff walk to Richardson set the table for a run in the bottom of the frame. After Pat Talbut reached on a fielder's choice, Wessinger singled before Schwindel gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead with an RBI single up the middle.
The Red Storm then sent nine men to the plate in a four-run third inning. Richardson led off with a single before a Wessinger double set up runners on second and third. Schwindel followed with a two-run single into left field before Baltz walked and O'Hare grounded an RBI single up the middle. Danny Bethea then plated another run, laying down a sacrifice bunt with runners on the corners to up the lead to 5-0.
Lobban, meanwhile, had two strikeouts in the second inning before working a 1-2-3 fourth frame.
Another leadoff single by Richardson set the table for a two-run fourth as the Red Storm took a 7-0 lead. After Richardson was erased on a Talbut fielder's choice, Wessinger walked and Baltz roped a two-run double to left field.
St. John's sent 10 more batters to the plate against three Hofstra pitchers in the fifth as part of a five-run frame. Reliever Brett Schreiber took the mound to open the inning and was greeted by back-to-back singles by Bethea and Robert Case before a Bret Dennis sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third. Richardson was then plunked to load the bases before Talbut blooped an RBI single into right field and Wessinger followed with a two-run single. A Schwindel RBI single sent Hofstra to the bullpen again before Baltz added a sacrifice fly and the Red Storm took a 12-0 lead.
The first three batters reached in the sixth inning as the Red Storm added two more runs. Case walked before Dennis and Richardson loaded the bases with no outs. After Wessinger drew a one-out walk to force in a run, Schwindel added an RBI single through the left side and St. John's led 14-0.
Hofstra broke up the shutout in the seventh after T.J. Thomas set the table with a leadoff double and Matt Reistetter followed with a one-out RBI single to pull the Pride to within 14-1.
The Red Storm used a two-out rally in the eighth to go up 16-1 with a pair of runs. Wessinger started the rally with a two-out infield single before pinch hitter Martin Kelly walked. Baltz and pinch hitter Zach Lauricella then followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
Hofstra added two runs in the ninth for the final 16-3 margin.
St. John's returns to action and continues its six-game homestand on April 13, opening a three-game BIG EAST series against Connecticut with a 3 p.m. game.