Early Offense Propels St. John's Past Louisville, 8-2, In Series-Opener|
April 15, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Five players had multi-hit games and Kyle Hansen won for the fourth time in his past five starts to lead St. John's to an 8-2 win against Louisville in the series-opener. Matt Wessinger was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Paul Karmas was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead St. John's (17-13, 6-4). Jimmy Brennan was also 2-for-5, Joe Panik was 2-for-5 with an RBI and Jeremy Baltz was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hansen (5-3) had five strikeouts and allowed two runs in 6.1 innings of work to earn the win. Ty Young and Stewart Ijames had an RBI apiece to pace Louisville (20-13, 6-4). Matt Koch (4-4) took the loss, allowing eight runs, four earned, in 4.0 innings of work.
Louisville needed just two batters to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Cole Sturgeon led off with a single, Young ripped an RBI double just inside the first base bag. Following a walk to Ryan Wright, Hansen got a double play and a groundout to end the inning.
St. John's quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of first. Brennan reached on an error to lead off the game before moving to third on a Wessinger single through the right side. After Brennan scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, a Panik single set up another first and third situation for the Red Storm. Karmas then lined a one-out single through the right side and the Red Storm took a 2-1 lead.
The Red Storm used four-consecutive two-out singles to add two more runs in the second inning and take a 4-2 lead. Koch quickly retired the first two batters of the inning before a Brennan single and a Wessinger single set up runners on first and third. After Panik lined an RBI single through the right side, Baltz added an RBI single up the middle to make it a 4-1 game.
The Cardinals added a run in the third after Young led off with a walk before a Wright single set up runners on the corners. An Ijames RBI fielder's choice made it a 4-2 game.
St. John's benefitted from four Louisville errors to add four runs in the fourth inning. Brennan led off with a single to left, but reached second after an error on the play before moving to third on an errant pickoff throw. Wessinger followed with his third hit of the day, an RBI single, before Koch retired the next two batters. Karmas then reached on an infield single, but moved to second on an error as Wessinger advanced to third. Robert Case then walked before two runs scored when Sean O'Hare reached on an error. Kevin Grove then added an RBI single up the middle to make it an 8-2 game.
Hansen, meanwhile, retired 10 of the next 13 batters after the RBI fielder's choice in the third inning, but was lifted after allowing a one-out single in the seventh. Stephen Rivera entered and retired the first batter he faced before a walk and a wild pitch gave the Cardinals runners on second and third. The righty, however, induced a groundout to end the inning.
Rivera was lifted after allowing back-to-back singles to open the eighth inning, but Sean Hagan faced just six batters to get the final six outs to close out the game.
St. John's continues its series against Louisville at noon on April 16. The game has been pushed up to a noon start due to expected inclement weather.