April 26, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - St. John's used an eight-run third inning to defeat UConn, 13-4, and complete a series sweep in BIG EAST play. Jimmy Parque had two doubles and four RBI, while Matt Wessinger was 4-for-5 to lead St. John's (24-14, 12-6). Tim Morris added a two-run home run, while Gino Matias added two RBI. Nick Cenatiempo (4-2) allowed four runs, three earned, in 6.0 innings of work to earn the win. George Springer and Mike Nemeth had two hits apiece for UConn (22-20, 8-10).
St. John's took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Joe Panik singled through the right side with one out before Wessinger singled off the glove of the diving third baseman. After a wild pitch moved both runners up, Matias roped a two-run double into left field. Matias advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when Danny Benedetti laid down a perfect squeeze bunt.
The Red Storm sent 12-men to the plate and extended its lead to 11-0 with an eigth-run third. Parque reached on an error with one out before Morris blasted a two-run home run into right center field. Paul Karmas then doubled into the right center gap before Panik singled into right field to set up first and third. With Panik in motion, Wessinger sent an RBI single through the right side and UConn brought in Bob Van Woert from the bullpen. Matias was plunked to reload the bases before Panik scored on a wild pitch. Scott Ferrara walked to load the bases before an RBI infield single by Kemp kept the bases full. Parque then cleared the bases with a double just inside the first base line.
UConn got on the board with a run in the fourth. Springer led off with a double before moving to third on a Nemeth bloop single into shallow left center. Joe Pavone then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to plate Springer.
Benedetti led off the fifth with an infield single before Ferrara sent a line drive single into center field. Kemp followed with a single through the left side, the Red Storm's third-straight single, before Parque lifted a sacrifice fly into left field to give St. John's a 12-1 lead. The Huskies went to the bullpen and reliever Trent DeLazzer tallied a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
Pierre LePage opened the bottom of the fifth with an infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. After a Howard Brantley single set up first and third for the Huskies, LePage scored when Dale Brannon bounced into a double play.
St. John's added a run in the sixth to go up 13-2. Wessinger opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Benedetti then sent a slow rolling infield single to the third baseman, who made an errant throw that allowed a run to score.
UConn loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth after back-to-back errors and a single. LePage then plated a run with an RBI groundout.
After a lead off walk in the seventh, Cenatiempo was lifted in favor of Eddie Medina. Following a strikeout, Fatse reached on an error before an RBI single by Nemeth made it a 13-4 game.
St. John's will travel to NYIT for a 3 p.m. game on April 28.