Baltz Walk-Off Single Caps Three-Run Ninth As St. John's Defeats Louisville, 6-5|
April 16, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - A Jeremy Baltz walk-off single capped a three-run ninth inning rally as St. John's improved to 8-0 at home this season with a 6-5 win against Louisville. Baltz was 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Paul Karmas had two RBI to lead St. John's (18-13, 7-4). Joe Panik and Frankie Schwindel also added an RBI apiece for the Red Storm. Starter Kevin Kilpatrick earned a no-decision after allowing three runs in 6.1 innings of work, while Eddie Medina (1-1) worked 2.2 innings of relief to earn the win. Ryan Wright and Cade Stallings had two RBI apiece to pace Louisville (20-14, 6-5). Derek Amlung allowed three runs, two earned, in 7.1 innings for a no-decision, while Tony Zych (0-2) took the loss after allowing three runs in 0.1 innings of work.
Kilpatrick retired the first five batters of the game and eventually set down nine of the first 11 batters before Louisville broke a scoreless game with two runs in the fourth inning. After back-to-back singles by Wright and Stewart Ijames opened the inning, a Ryan Seiz sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third. A Stallings two-run double gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead before Kilpatrick retired the side.
Louisville added a run in the fifth inning to take a 3-0 lead after a two-out double by Ty Young was followed by a Wright RBI single.
Medina relieved Kilpatrick in the seventh inning with one out and a runner on first and allowed a two-out walk before retiring the side.
Amlung, meanwhile, had a no-hitter through six innings before St. John's plated two runs on one hit in the seventh. After Panik reached on an error, Baltz was plunked before a balk set up runners on second and third. Karmas then broke up the no-hitter with a two-run single to left field to close the deficit to 3-2.
After Medina worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning, the Red Storm used three-consecutive one-out singles to chase Amlung and tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth. Brennan singled through the left side with one out before Pat Talbut reached on a bunt single and Louisville brought in Derek Self. Panik then greeted the reliever with a single into left field, but Brennan came home on an errant cutoff throw. An intentional walk to Baltz loaded the bases, but Self was able to induce a shallow fly ball and a line out to keep the game tied.
Louisville responded with four-consecutive one-out singles in the top of the ninth to retake a 5-3 lead. Medina fielded a grounder for the first out before Adam Engel singled through the left side and Drew Haynes singled into center field. The Cardinals retook the lead with a Young RBI single before a Wright RBI single made it a 5-3 game. A wild pitch gave Louisville runners on second and third before Ijames was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Medina induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
St. John's, however, rallied to plate three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Zych, the BIG EAST leader in saves. Robert Case led off the inning with a double to the wall in left field before Rowan Wick lined a single into right field and Schwindel followed with an RBI single up the middle to close the deficit to 5-4. The Red Storm then loaded the bases as Jimmy Brennan laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached safely as Louisville was unsuccessful in an attempt to get the force out at third. Pinch-hitter Matt Wessinger then reached on a fielder's choice as the Cardinals took the force out at the plate, but the bases remained loaded. After Panik tied the game with an RBI fielder's choice, Baltz lined a walk-off single up the middle to complete the comeback and give St. John's a 6-5 win.
St. John's concludes its series against Louisville with a noon game on April 17.