Kyle Hansen had 16 strikeouts in a complete game shutout.
April 22, 2012
Kyle Hansen racked up a career-high 16 strikeouts and tossed his second-career complete game shutout as St. John's completed a three-game sweep against Cincinnati with a 9-0 win. Jeremy Baltz was 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead St. John's (25-14, 11-4), while Frank Schwindel had two RBI and Matt Wessinger finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Hansen (2-5) walked none and had at least one strikeout in every inning except the fourth, working six 1-2-3 innings and striking out the side on two occasions. The righty eclipsed his previous career-high of 15 strikeouts, which he recorded against Notre Dame on April 21, 2011 in his first-career complete game shutout. Justin Glass was 3-for-4 to lead Cincinnati (13-27, 2-13), while Christian McElroy (2-3) took the loss after allowing three runs in 6.0 innings of work.
After striking out the first batter of the game, Hansen benefitted from a caught stealing to erase a one-out single before ending the inning with a strikeout. The righty then struck out the side in a 1-2-3 second inning to total five strikeouts through two frames.
McElroy, meanwhile, retired seven-straight Red Storm batters to open the game before Jimmy Brennan drew a two-out walk in the third. Brennan was caught stealing before Bret Dennis walked, but McElroy got out of the inning with a fly out.
Hansen opened the bottom of the third with another strikeout, his fifth-straight K, before a foul out a strikeout ended another 1-2-3 frame.
The first five batters reached base in the fourth as St. John's took a 2-0 lead. Pat Talbut was plunked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch before a Wessinger single set up runners on the corners. Schwindel then put the Red Storm on the board with an RBI single before Baltz added an RBI single to make it a 2-0 game. Sean O'Hare loaded the bases with a bunt single, but McElroy escaped with a strikeout and a double play.
Hansen eventually retired eight-straight before a one-out single in the fourth, but responded with two more fly outs. The righty struck out the side for the second time in a 1-2-3 fifth inning, giving the righty 10 strikeouts in the game.
A one-out walk to Baltz set the table for a two-out run in the sixth for the Red Storm. After moving to second on a wild pitch, Baltz advanced to third on a groundout before Danny Bethea lined a two-run single into right center to give St. John's a 3-0 lead.
Hansen retired the first two batters in the bottom of the sixth, including a strikeout of the leadoff batter, to retire seven-straight Bearcats before allowing a single to center field.
The Red Storm loaded the bases with one-out as part of a three-run seventh frame against the Cincinnati bullpen. Ryan Atkinson entered and issued a leadoff walk to Kyle Richardson, who then stole second base. Richardson swiped third base as Wessinger walked to set up runners on the corners. After Wessinger nabbed second, Schwindel walked to load the bases and the Bearcats went to the bullpen. Baltz then greeted Art Warren with a two-run double into the right field corner before Schwindel scored on a passed ball to give St. John's a 6-0 advantage.
St. John's took advantage of a leadoff walk to Richardson to add three more runs in the eighth. Richardson advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before Wessinger reached on an infield single, but an errant throw to first allowed a run to score and set up runners on second and third. Schwindel followed with a sacrifice fly before Baltz added an RBI single to make it a 9-0 game.
Hansen, who had one strikeout in the seventh inning, added two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth frame. The righty took the mound in the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff single before inducing an infield popup. After tying his career-high with strikeout No. 15, Hansen finished the game with a strikeout to notch a career-high 16 and close out his second-career complete game shutout.
St. John's continues its seven-game road trip on April 24 with a 5:30 p.m. game against Boston College at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn.