April 17, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Junior Tim Morris launched a three-run home run to put St. John's ahead in the sixth inning, but Cincinnati would ultimately prevail, 11-8, in the series opener. Morris was 3-for-5 with five RBI to pace St. John's (19-13, 8-5). Jimmy Parque, Joe Panik and Danny Benedetti added an RBI each for the Red Storm. Cameron Satterwhite and Beach Brooks each had three RBI to lead Cincinnati (17-17, 6-7).
St. John's manufactured a run in the first inning to a take a 1-0 lead. Brian Kemp drew a four-pitch to lead off the frame and then stole second base. After moving to third on a groundout, Kemp trotted home on a Morris RBI groundout.
Justin Riddell led off the top of the second with a double and scored on a RBI single by Brooks. Jimmy Jacquot followed with a two-run home run to give the Bearcats a 3-1 lead.
Matt Wessinger doubled off the wall in left field with two outs to set up a Benedetti RBI single in the bottom of the second.
Kemp took a pitch off his back to lead off a three-run third. Parque followed with an RBI double into left field before Morris tripled off the wall in center field to give St. John's a 4-3 lead. After Greg Hopkins reached on a fielder's choice to give the Red Storm runners on the corners, Panik sent an RBI single through the right side to chase starter Billy Welsh from the game.
Cincinnati responded with a three-run fifth to retake the lead, 6-5. Jacquot and T.J. Jones led off with back-to-back singles before Satterwhite connected on a two-run double. After a Lance Durham RBI groundout and a single by Riddell, Nick Luisi was chased from the game. Reliever Eddie Medina entered to close out the frame.
The Bearcats added a run in the sixth after a walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases with one out and Satterwhite lifted a sacrifice fly into center field.
Morris put St. John's back on top in the sixth. After a lead off single by Gino Matias, Kemp was plunked for the third time. After a Parque sacrifice bunt advanced both runners, Morris launched a three-run home run over the wall in left center field to give St. John's an 8-7 lead.
Durham singled to open the seventh and Riddell followed with a double to give Cincinnati second and third with no outs. With one out Chris Peters tied the game at 8-8 with an RBI groundout.
Cincinnati added a run in the eight to take a 9-8 lead. After Jacquot walked, Jones tripled to the wall in right center. The Bearcats added two more runs in the ninth to go up 11-8. After a lead off single, Brooks ripped a two-out, two-run home run to left field.
St. John's loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth as Panik walked, Wessinger singled and Kevin Watkins reached on catcher's interference. Jake Geglein, however, finished the game with a strikeout to earn his fifth save.
Dan Jensen (3-2) earned the win, tossing a scoreless seventh inning. Medina (5-2) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 4.1 innings.