St. John's Strands 12 Runners In 4-2 Loss To No. 25 USF|
April 28, 2013
TAMPA - St. John's stranded 12 runners, including six in the first three innings, and No. 25 USF took advantage of a pair of eighth-inning runs to hold on for a 4-2 victory. Frank Schwindel and Jimmy Brennan had an RBI apiece to pace St. John's (19-26, 7-11). Ryan Horstman (5-5) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, in 4.1 innings of work. James Ramsay and Jimmy Falla had two RBI each for USF (29-15, 13-2), while Joey Lovecchio (5-2) allowed one unearned run in 6.0 innings to earn the win.
St. John's threatened in the first, but stranded a pair of runners. Martin Kelly singled up the middle to lead off the game and advanced to third when Schwindel singled into centerfield, but Lovecchio kept the Red Storm off the board with an inning-ending strikeout.
USF then loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of frame, but Horstman escaped any damage. After Alex Mendez singled with one out, Horstman issued back-to-back walks to load the bases. The lefty then induced a foul pop up and got a strikeout as the Bulls left the bases loaded.
The Red Storm stranded two more runners in the second inning as Jimmy Brennan reached on an error with one out before Bret Dennis singled up the middle, but a fielder's choice and a flyout ended the inning.
St. John's stranded two runners again in the third inning. Alex Caruso bunted back towards the pitcher to lead off the inning, but reached and took second on an errant throw. Caruso took third on a groundout before Sean O'Hare was plunked to set up runners on the corners, but a groundout kept the Red Storm off the board again.
Horstman settled down to work a 1-2-3 second inning, but a leadoff bunt single by Kyle Teaf set the table for a USF run in the third. Teaf then stole second and advanced to third before scoring on a Ramsay swinging bunt that could not be handled.
USF extended its lead to 2-0 and chased Horstman with a run in the fifth. After striking out the leadoff batter, Horstman surrendered a solo home run to Falla and St. John's went to the bullpen. Joey Christopher entered and quickly retired the first two batters he faced to end the fifth.
St. John's got on the board courtesy of a one-out single in the sixth. Schwindel reached on an error to lead off the inning and stole second before Brennan lined an RBI single into left center to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
The Red Storm threatened in the eighth as O'Hare and Kyle Lombardo put together back-to-back one-out singles to send USF to the bullpen, but a pair of flyouts from pinch hitters Robert Case and Danny Bethea preserved the 2-1 lead for the Bulls.
USF then added two insurance runs in the eighth. Zac Gilcrease singled to right field before Nik Alfonso worked a walk and Teaf was plunked to load the bases with one out and send St. John's to the bullpen. Anthony Cervone came in and threw home on a comebacker for the second out before walking Ramsay to force in a run. Thomas Hackimer then entered and plunked Falla to force in another run before Lauricella took the mound for the first time in his career and induced an inning-ending groundout.
St. John's loaded the bases in the ninth, but could only rally for one run. Pinch hitter Dan Roland was plunked to leadoff the ninth and send USF to the bullpen. Lawrence Pardo then took the mound and Kelly reached on catcher's interference before pinch hitter Pat Talbut reached on a fielder's choice as USF took the out at third. A walk to Lauricella loaded the bases before Schwindel reached on an error as Kelly scored to make it a 4-2 ballgame and keep the bases loaded, but a double play ended the ballgame.
St. John's returns home and returns to action on April 30 with a 3 p.m. game against Fairfield.