April 17, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Joe Panik had a home run and four RBI and Brendan Lobban worked 5.0 innings of one-run ball as St. John's completed a series sweep against Louisville with a 7-2 win. Panik finished 3-for-4, while Rowan Wick had a home run and two RBI to lead St. John's (19-13, 8-4). Matt Wessinger, Paul Karmas and Frankie Schwindel added two hits apiece for the Red Storm. Lobban (4-1) had three strikeouts and allowed just three hits to earn the win. Stewart Ijames had a home run and two RBI to pace Louisville (20-15, 6-6). Mike Nastold (3-4) took the loss, allowing four runs in 1.0 inning of work.
Lobban needed just eight pitches to work a 1-2-3 top of the first and the Red Storm offense set the tone with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Jimmy Brennan singled through the left side before a walk to Wessinger gave St. John's two on with no outs. Panik then launched a three-run home run off the light post in right center field to give the Red Storm a 3-0 lead. Jeremy Baltz followed with a walk before Nastold retired the next three batters to end the inning.
Louisville responded in the top of the second as Ijames led off inning with a solo home run to right field to make it a 3-1 game.
St. John's answered right back, however, with another home run as part of a two-run inning. Wick blasted a solo home run to right field to lead off the frame before a walk to Schwindel chased Nastold from the game. Reliever Travis Tingle induced a double play, but then plunked Wessinger. After Wessinger stole second and reached third on an errant throw from the catcher, Panik lined an RBI single into right field and St. John's led 5-1.
A Wessinger single to lead off the fifth inning set the table for another run in the fifth. Wessinger stole second before Panik walked and Baltz lined an RBI single into left field to give the Red Storm a 6-1 lead.
Lobban, meanwhile used double plays in both the third and fourth innings to keep the Cardinals off the board. After a scoreless fifth, his third-straight scoreless frame, the lefty was lifted in favor of Sean Hagan for the sixth inning. Hagan allowed a one-out walk, but induced a 4-6-3 double play to retire the side.
The first three batters reached base safely in the seventh inning as St. John's extended its lead to 7-1. Karmas singled to open the frame before Robert Case singled and Sean O'Hare walked to load the bases. Wick followed with an RBI fielder's choice, but the Cardinals got out of the inning without allowing another run.
Hagan opened the eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, but a walk to Ryan Wright, a stolen base and an Ijames RBI single made it a 7-2 game.
After allowing a lead off single in the bottom of the ninth, Matt Carasiti responded with a strikeout before inducing a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
St. John's continues its eight-game homestand on April 19, hosting Princeton for a 7 p.m. game.