No. 8 Louisville Scores Four Unearned Runs In Ninth To Defeat St. John's, 7-4|
April 19, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's led 4-1 after seven innings, but No. 8 Louisville plated two runs in the eighth and added four unearned runs in the ninth to defeat the Red Storm, 7-4. Zach Lauricella finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Martin Kelly and Frank Schwindel each finished 2-for-5 for St. John's (16-23, 5-8). James Lomangino allowed three runs in 7.1 innings for a no-decision, while Thomas Hackimer (0-1) allowed three unearned runs in 0.1 inning of work in a losing effort. Jeff Gardner was 3-for-5 with an RBI and was the only player with a multi-hit game for Louisville (30-7, 8-2). Kyle McGrath allowed two unearned runs in 2.1 innings of relief for the win.
A one-out single and a two-out walk gave the Cardinals a pair of runners in the first, but Lomangino stranded both with a groundout.
The Red Storm also stranded a runner in first as Lauricella grounded a two-out double inside the third base bag before starter Chad Green induced an inning-ending groundout.
Louisville, however, took advantage of back-to-back one-out singles to take a 1-0 lead in the second. After Shane Crain lined a single into right field, a Zak Wasserman single through the right side set up runners on the corners. Sutton Whiting then put the Cardinals on the board with a sacrifice fly into right field.
Following a 1-2-3 third inning by Lomangino, the St. John's offense tied the game with a run in the bottom of the frame. A one-out walk to Dustin Breshears set the table before a Kelly single through the right side gave the Red Storm runners on the corners. Lauricella followed with a two-out RBI single into right field to tie the game at 1-1.
Lomangino found a groove after a leadoff single in the fourth as the righty retired the next three batters before working a 1-2-3 fifth frame.
St. John's then took the lead with a run in the sixth as Schwindel got things started with a single through the left side. Danny Bethea followed with a one-out single through the right side and the Red Storm had runners on the corners with one out. Bret Dennis then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to give St. John's a 2-1 lead.
The Red Storm added two more runs in the seventh after Breshears and Kelly opened the inning with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt from Dan Roland advanced both runners before Louisville intentionally walked Lauricella to load the bases. Sean O'Hare then reached on a two-out error as two runs came home to put St. John's up by a 4-1 score.
Louisville answered in the eighth and chased Lomangino as part of a two-run inning. After a leadoff double by Ty Young, Lomangino plunked Coco Johnson and struck out Cole Sturgeon. Gardner, however, followed with an RBI ground rule double and the Red Storm went to the bullpen. Joey Graziano entered and Crain made it 4-3 with an RBI groundout before a strikeout ended the inning.
St. John's looked to add an insurance run in the eighth as Jimmy Brennan reached on an error with one out and stole second before taking third on a wild pitch. A groundout to first and a strikeout, however, stranded Brennan at third.
Louisville then took advantage of a leadoff walk and a two-out error to rally in the ninth and plate four unearned runs. Whiting walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. St. John's then went to the bullpen and Hackimer entered and promptly induced an infield pop, but back-to-back hit batsmen loaded the bases. Sturgeon then reached on an error that cleared the bases as the groundball towards short ended up in centerfield. Matt Clancy relieved Hackimer and Sturgeon, who ended up on second on the error, stole third and scored on a wild pitch before a fly out ended the frame.
St. John's put a runner on in the ninth as Schwindel singled with two outs, but a strikeout ended the game.
St. John's continues its series against No. 8 Louisville on April 20 with a 2:30 p.m. game that will air on CBS Sports Network.