Matt Wessinger collected hit No. 247 to become the new St. John's hit king.
April 18, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. -
Senior Matt Wessinger became the program's new all-time hit king with hit No. 247 and a trio of pitchers combined to take a no-hitter into the seventh inning as St. John's defeated Princeton, 8-4. Wessinger, who passed former teammate Paul Karmas for the top spot, was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's (22-15), while Kyle Richardson and Robert Case added two hits each. Jake Woodward (1-0) earned the win, allowing two runs, one earned, in 3.1 innings of relief. Tom Boggiano had two RBI to lead Princeton (16-14), while starter Danny Thomson (0-2) took the loss after allowing four runs in 2.0 innings of work.
St. John's starter Brad Bellinger, who was making his first-career start, worked around a pair of one-out walks in the first inning to keep the Tigers off the board.
A leadoff single by Richardson set the table for a run in the bottom of the first. After Pat Talbut walked, Richardson took third on a wild pitch before Wessinger grounded an RBI single through the left side to make it a 1-0 game.
Bellinger was lifted in the second after issuing back-to-back walks to open the inning and loading the bases with a two-out walk. Woodward, however, entered and induced a groundout to end the inning.
The Red Storm added three more runs in the second inning to go up 4-0. After Bret Dennis took a one-out walk and moved to second on a balk, Richardson reached on an infield single before Talbut walked to load the bases. Wessinger then collected the record-breaking hit with a two-run single into left field. Frank Schwindel followed with a sacrifice fly and St. John's led 4-0.
Princeton answered with two runs in the third without the benefit of a hit. After Sam Mulroy walked to open the inning and Mike Ford was plunked, both runners advanced on a passed ball. Steve Harrington and Ryan Albert each followed with RBI groundouts as the Tigers pulled to within 4-2.
Woodward worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning, eventually retiring seven-straight before issuing a one-out walk in the fifth. The lefty retired the next two batters as the Tigers were kept out of the hit column through five innings.
Eddie Medina came on in the sixth and worked a 1-2-3 inning. The righty walked the leadoff batter in the seventh before Princeton broke up the no-hitter on a single by Matt Bowman. Medina retired the next two batters before Kevin Kilpatrick came on to end the inning.
St. John's added a run in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-2 as Wessinger got things started with a leadoff walk. After moving to second on a groundout, Wessinger took third on a Jeremy Baltz infield single before scoring on a Sean O'Hare sacrifice fly.
The Red Storm loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and added a run to go up 6-2. After a Jimmy Brennan walk, Dennis was plunked and Richardson walked to load the bases before Talbut followed with an RBI infield single.
Princeton took advantage of three Red Storm errors in the eighth inning as a two-run double by Boggiano made it a 6-4 score.
A lead off O'Hare double got things started in the eighth as the Red Storm tacked on two more runs. O'Hare took third on a wild pitch before pinch hitter Zach Lauricella walked to set up runners on the corners. After a Brennan RBI groundout, Dennis followed with an RBI double to the wall in the left center to give St. John's an 8-4 advantage.
James Lomangino, the fifth Red Storm pitcher used, struck out the side in the ninth
St. John's returns to action on April 20, opening up a three-game series against Cincinnati with a 6:30 p.m. game, the first of a seven-game road swing.