April 24, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
Sophomore Paul Karmas was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the St. John's baseball team past UConn, 8-5. Jimmy Parque was 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Gino Matias was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles to lead St. John's (22-14, 10-6). Kevin Kilpatrick (2-1) earned the win, allowing five runs, four earned, in 5.0 innings. Dale Brannon was 4-for-5 and Peter Fatse had a two-run home run to pace UConn (22-18, 8-8). John Folino (5-3) took the loss, surrendering six runs in 5.0 innings.
With one out in the first Parque and Tim Morris put together back-to-back singles up the middle, but Folino kept the Red storm off the board.
UConn took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. After striking out the lead off batter, Kilpatrick allowed a single into center field to Brannon. Brannon advanced to second on a ground out and came around to score on a George Springer RBI double.
Karmas led off the second inning with a hard single through the left side. After advancing to second on a groundout, Karmas moved to third on a wild pitch. Danny Benedetti then tied the game with an RBI groundout. Matias extended the inning with a two-out double to left field. After Brian Kemp reached on catcher's interference, Parque walked to load the bases before Folino ended the threat with a groundout to second base.
Joe Pavone singled with one out in the second before back-to-back errors loaded the bases for UConn. Kilpatrick, however, induced a 4-6-3 double play to keep the Huskies off the board.
The Huskies took a 3-1 lead in the third inning with a pair of two-out runs. After a Springer single, Fatse connected on a two-run home run over the fence in right center field.
St. John's opened a rally with one out in the fourth. After a Benedetti single, Matias doubled for the second time in two at-bats. Kemp was then plunked to load the bases before a two-run single through the right side by Parque tied the game at 3-3.
UConn retook the lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the fourth. John Andreoli singled to open the inning and advanced on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a Brannon RBI single into shallow right.
After Joe Panik singled through the right side to open the fifth inning, Karmas launched a two-run shot over the fence in left center field to give St. John's a 5-4 lead.
The Huskies tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Fatse singled with one out before Mike Nemeth reached on a fielder's choice. Fatse was safe on the play, however, as the throw to second was wide and Pavone followed with an RBI single.
Parque led off the sixth with a ground rule double that chased Folino from the game. Morris then greeted reliever Matt Barnes with an RBI single into right field to give the Red Storm a 6-5 lead. Morris, however, ended up on third base on the play as the ball rolled past the right fielder. Panik followed with a walk and then stole second base. The throw down to second, however, bounced in the dirt and Morris raced home, but was thrown out. Karmas followed with his third hit of the game, an RBI single that gave St. John's a 7-5 lead.
Eddie Medina relieved Kilpatrick to open the sixth. After a one-out single and a St. John's error gave the Huskies runners on first and second, Medina induced a grounder to third and Greg Hopkins stepped on the bag for the force. A fly out ended the inning and kept UConn off the board.
After allowing a lead off single to Pierre LePage in the eighth and a one-out single to Brannon, Medina was lifted in favor of Ryan Cole. The reliever induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.
St. John's added an insurance run in the ninth. Benedetti reached on a throwing error with one out before a single through the left side by Matias. Kemp followed with an RBI single into center field to give the Red Storm an 8-5 lead.
Cole stayed in to toss a scoreless ninth and earn his second save of the year.
St. John's will take on UConn in the second game of the series at 1 p.m. on April 25.