April 27, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - After using a three-run ninth-inning rally to take game one, 6-4, St. John's used a four-run first inning in game two to defeat Notre Dame, 6-4, and sweep a double header. Jeremy Baltz combined to go 3-for-7 with three RBI, while Kyle Richardson was 4-for-10 with two RBI to lead St. John's (27-16, 13-4). Stephen Rivera (5-0) earned the win in relief of game one, while Matt Carasiti took a no-decision after allowing two runs in 6.0 innings. Sean Hagan (5-2) tossed 6.0 innings of two-run ball to earn the game two win, while Kevin Kilpatrick allowed one run in 3.0 innings of relief to notch the save. Ryan Bull went 4-for-8 with one RBI on the day for Notre Dame (22-19, 9-8). Will Hudgins (3-2) took the game one loss after allowing six runs, one earned, in 8.2 innings, while Adam Norton (3-3) took the loss in game two after giving up six runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Notre Dame plated a pair of two-out runs to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After a leadoff single by Frank DeSico and a walk to Bull, Carasiti induced a lineout double play to leave the Irish with a runner on second and two outs. A walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases before a wild pitch put the Irish on the board. Alex Robinson followed with an RBI bunt single and Notre Dame led 2-0 after one inning.
Carasiti settled down to strike out the side in the third inning, eventually retiring eight-straight before a one-out single in the fifth.
St. John's broke through with an unearned run in the sixth. Zach Lauricella walked to lead off the inning before advancing to second on a Bret Dennis sacrifice bunt. Pat Talbut then rolled a two-out grounder to third, but the throw got away from the first baseman and Lauricella scored from second to make it a 2-1 game.
A leadoff double by Frank Schwindel set the table for a pair of runs in the seventh as the Red Storm took the lead. Baltz promptly tied the game, lining an RBI single up the middle on the first pitch of his at-bat before taking second on an error in center. Danny Bethea followed with an RBI through the right side to give St. John's a 3-2 advantage.
Carasiti worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced, including the final five of his outing, before Kilpatrick entered to open the seventh. After allowing a one-out single, Kilpatrick induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Notre Dame, however, tied the game at 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Kilpatrick retired the leadoff batter, but was lifted after issuing back-to-back walks. Rivera entered and induced an infield pop out before Robinson grounded an RBI single through the right side to tie the game.
St. John's rallied for three two-out runs to grab a 6-3 lead in the ninth. Schwindel reached on an error to open the inning and was lifted for pinch runner Anthony Iacomini. Baltz followed with a single through the left side before Sean O'Hare advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt and Bethea was issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Lauricella then reached on a fielder's choice as Notre Dame took the force out at home for the second out, but Dennis drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run. Richardson immediately followed with a two-run single up the middle to give the Red Storm a 6-3 lead.
Notre Dame plated a quick run in the ninth and loaded the bases with two outs before St. John's closed out the win. After Mac Hudgins tripled to open the inning, Jason McMurray followed with an RBI infield single. Rivera retired the next better before James Lomangino entered and retired the first batter he faced. Eric Jagielo reached on an error to keep the inning alive before a walk loaded the bases, but Lomangino induced a fly out to end the inning and preserve the win with his sixth save of the season.
St. John's sent eight men to the plate in the top of the first inning of game two, quickly jumping out to a 4-0 lead. After a leadoff single by Richardson, Matt Wessinger added a one-out single before Schwindel was plunked to load the bases. Baltz then roped a two-run double off the wall in left field before O'Hare added a two-run double to the gap in right center.
Notre Dame responded with a run in the bottom of the first as a one-out single was followed by a double before Trey Mancini made it a 4-1 game with an RBI groundout.
After retiring six-straight batters, Hagan got into a jam with one out in the third after back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases. The lefty, however, escaped with a fly out to shallow right and a fly out to center.
A leadoff single by Richardson set the table for a pair of runs in the fifth. After Richardson advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, Wessinger was plunked before Schwindel lined an RBI single into center field. Notre Dame went to the bullpen and Steve Sabatino walked Baltz to load the bases before O'Hare made it a 6-1 game with an RBI groundout.
The Irish got a run back in the bottom of the frame as Eric Jagielo lifted a one-out solo home run to right field to make it a 6-2 score.
Notre Dame added a run in the seventh against the St. John's bullpen. Eddie Medina entered in relief of Hagan and was greeted with a leadoff double. After a hit batsman set up runners on first and second, Bull followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3 and leave the Irish with runners on the corners. Medina was lifted in favor of Kilpatrick, who needed just five pitches to get a lineout and an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
A leadoff double in the eighth set up a Charlie Markson RBI groundout as Notre Dame pulled to within 6-4.
Kilpatrick stayed on to work a 1-2-3 ninth and record his third save.
St. John's concludes its series against Notre Dame with a 1:05 p.m. game on April 29.