USF Outduels St. John's In Series-Opener, 2-0|
April 29, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - Despite loading the bases in the first inning and picking up five hits through the first three frames, St. John's had its seven-game winning streak snapped in a 2-0 defeat against USF. Joe Panik was 2-for-4 to pace St. John's (23-14, 10-5), which also had its five-game BIG EAST winning streak snapped. Kyle Hansen (6-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs in 6.1 innings of work. Sam Mende and Todd Brazeal had an RBI apiece to lead USF (20-21, 9-7). Randy Fontanez (5-3) earned the win, striking out nine and scattering six hits in 8.0 scoreless innings of work.
St. John's loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, but was kept off the board. After Jimmy Brennan doubled to lead off the game, Matt Wessinger was plunked and Panik singled before Fontanez responded to get a strikeout and an inning-ending double play.
The Red Storm stranded two more runners in the second-inning as consecutive two-out singles by Pat Talbut and Joe Witkowski set up runners on the corners, but Fontanez fielded a come-backer to end the inning.
Hansen, meanwhile, fielded a grounder of his own to strand a pair of runners in the first inning before ending a quick 1-2-3 second inning with his first strikeout of the game. The righty eventually retired six-straight before allowing a two-out double in the third inning.
After Hansen worked a 1-2-3 fifth inning, the Bulls broke the scoreless game with two runs in the sixth. Following a one-out single by Junior Carlin, Mende put USF on the board with an RBI double inside the third base bag. Brazeal added an RBI single to make it 2-0 before Hansen retired the next two batters to end the frame.
Following a one-out single in the seventh inning, Hansen was lifted in favor of Stephen Rivera. The reliever retired the first two batters he faced to end the seventh and worked a scoreless eighth to send the game to the ninth inning.
Kevin Quackenbush, however, worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game and earn the save.
St. John's continues its series against USF on April 30 with a 7 p.m. game.