Seven-Run Fourth Inning Lifts St. John's Past Fordham, 8-1|
April 22, 2009
BRONX, N.Y. - The St. John's baseball team used a seven-run fourth inning to defeat Fordham, 8-1. Carlos Del Rosario and Joe Witkowski had two RBI apiece to lead St. John's (21-14). Jimmy Parque, Tim Morris and Paul Karmas added two hits each. Nick Cenatiempo (3-2) earned the win, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Ryan McCrann had two hits, while Alex Kenny added an RBI for Fordham (14-24).
After allowing a lead off single and a one out walk in the bottom of the first inning, Cenatiempo set down the next two batters. The righty retired the side in order in the second, including a pair of strikeouts, and also worked a 1-2-3 third inning.
Brian Kemp blooped a single into right field to lead off a seven-run fourth inning that saw 10 men step to the plate. With one out Morris then singled through the left side before Greg Hopkins and Joe Panik drew back-to-back walks to plate a run and put St. John's on the board. After Matt Wessinger was plunked in the helmet to put the Red Storm up 2-0, Del Rosario sent a two-run single into center field that chased Jake Rabinowitz (1-5). Karmas greeted John Young with an RBI single before a two-run triple by Joe Witkowski gave St. John's a 7-0 lead.
Nick Luisi entered in the fourth and issued a lead off walk, but was able to induce an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play to end the frame.
St. John's loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh after Parque and Morris connected on consecutive singles and Hopkins walked to load the bases, but the Rams kept the Red Storm off the board.
Following 2.0 scoreless innings from Steve Forster, Miguel Valcarcel took the mound for St. John's. After John Kahn singled and Mike Mobbs doubled, Alex Kenny put the Rams on the board with an RBI single to center.
The Red Storm added an unearned run in the ninth as Parque led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. After advancing to third on a fly out, Parque came home on a fielding error on a Hopkins grounder to third.
St. John's heads to Storrs, Conn., this weekend for a three-game BIG EAST set against Connecticut beginning on April 24.