April 27, 2011
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Six players had multi-hit games, Joe Panik set a new-career-high with six RBI and Paul Karmas became the program's all-time leader in career doubles as St. John's defeated Hofstra, 23-10, for its seventh-straight win. Panik finished 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs, while Karmas was 4-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI to lead St. John's (23-10). Pat Talbut was 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Matt Wessinger was 3-for-7 with a home run and two RBI. Sean Hagan (3-1) worked 3.1 innings of relief to earn the win. Jared Hammer and Bryan Verbitsky had two RBI apiece to pace Hofstra (11-23).
Hofstra had its first five batters reach without the benefit of a hit to chase starter Anthony Cervone in a four-run first inning. After a lead off walk, Cervone plunked back-to-back batters to load the bases. Back-to-back walks to Kenny Jackson and Joe Perez made it a 2-0 game and Cervone was lifted in favor of Eddie Medina. Hammer greeted Medina with a two-run single up the middle to make it 4-0, but the reliever got out of the inning without any further damage.
St. John's got a run back in the second as Karmas singled with one out before consecutive walks to Rowan Wick and Robert Case loaded the bases. Talbut then blooped an RBI single into right field to make it a 4-1 game, but a double play ended the inning.
A lead off double by Jimmy Brennan set the table for a two-run third inning as St. John's closed to within 4-3. After Brennan moved to third on a fly out, Panik walked and stole second before Jeremy Baltz plated a run with sacrifice fly. Karmas then followed by chopping an RBI single through the left side as the Red Storm made it a 4-3 game.
The Pride responded by opening the third inning with three-consecutive singles en route to a three-run inning. A run scored on a wild pitch before Medina plunked Verbitsky and St. John's went to the bullpen. Hagan entered and Logan Davis plated a run with an RBI fielder's choice and Scott A'Hara followed with an RBI triple as the Pride took a 7-3 lead.
St. John's answered with a four-run fourth inning to tie the game at 7-7. After a Case lead off double, Talbut followed with an RBI single before Joe Witkowski gave the Red Storm runners on first and second with a single into right field. Brennan reached on a fielder's choice to set up runners on the corners before Wessinger roped an RBI single into right field. Panik then tied the game with a two-run double to the gap in left center.
The Red Storm sent 12 men to the plate in an eight-run fifth inning to take a 15-7 lead. Wick singled to lead off the frame and Case walked before Talbut gave St. John's an 8-7 advantage with an RBI single, his third RBI single in as many at-bats. After Witkowski laid down a sacrifice bunt, but reached first on an error as another run came home, a Brennan two-run single made it an 11-7 game. Panik then blasted a two-run home run to right field before Karmas doubled with two outs. Karmas later scored as Wick reached on an error before a Case RBI double made it 15-7.
Back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the sixth inning gave the Red Storm a 17-7 lead. After Wessinger blasted a solo home run to left center, Panik launched a solo home run to right center.
After keeping the Pride off the board in the fourth and fifth innings, Hagan allowed four-straight one-out singles in the sixth. A two-out, two-run single made it a 17-10 game and Jake Woodward entered to get the final out of the frame.
Woodward worked a scoreless seventh before Kevin Kilpatrick worked a scoreless eighth inning.
St. John's tacked on six more runs in the top of the ninth. Wessinger lined a lead off single into left field before Panik roped an RBI double to the gap in left center to set a new career-high with six RBI and give St. John's an 18-10 lead. Baltz then walked before Karmas grounded an RBI double inside the third base bag. Pinch hitter Mike Lonsdale added a two-run double before a Lincoln Sanborn RBI single and a Kyle Richardson RBI groundout made it a 23-10 lead.
Matt Carasiti worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the game.
St. John's returns to action on April 29, opening a three-game set against USF with a 7 p.m. contest.
Notes: Karmas now has 62 doubles in his career, eclipsing the previous record of 61 set by Mike Dzurilla (1997-99) ... Panik previously had recorded five RBI on four occasions ... the two-run double in the ninth for Lonsdale came in the redshirt freshman's first-career plate appearance ... the ninth-inning single for Sanborn marked the freshman's first-career hit ... Hagan has earned the win in each of the Red Storm's past two games.