April 29, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Kyle Hansen allowed just one run in 7.1 innings of work, while St. John's plated a run in the third, fourth and fifth frames to complete a three-game series sweep against Notre Dame with a 3-1 triumph. Kyle Richardson and Jeremy Baltz were each 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead St. John's (28-16, 14-4), while Sean O'Hare added an RBI. Hansen (3-5), who extended his scoreless streak against the Irish to 23.0 innings before allowing a run in the seventh, had four strikeouts to win his second-straight start. Kevin DeFilippis was 2-for-4 to pace Notre Dame (22-20, 9-9), while Pat Connaughton (2-3) took the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, in 5.2 innings of work.
St. John's got on the board and took a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI in the third. After Pat Talbut set the table with a one-out single, Matt Wessinger was plunked to give the Red Storm runners on first and second. Baltz then lined a two-out RBI single into left field to give St. John's the lead.
Hansen, meanwhile, stranded a pair of runners in both the first and second innings before working a 1-2-3 third frame.
The Red Storm added a run in the fourth inning after loading the bases with one out. Danny Bethea and Zach Lauricella put together back-to-back one-out singles before Bret Dennis drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases. Richardson then lifted a sacrifice fly into center field to give St. John's a 2-0 lead.
St. John's added an unearned run in the fifth inning to go up 3-0. After Wessinger reached on an error to lead off the frame, Frank Schwindel was plunked to set up runners on first and second. Wessinger then tagged up and moved to third on a Baltz fly out before scoring on an O'Hare sacrifice fly into left field.
Hansen added 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth to retire 10-consecutive batters before allowing a leadoff single to Ryan Bull in the sixth frame. Eric Jagielo followed with a second-straight single, but Hansen retired each of the next three batters.
Notre Dame took advantage of a leadoff single, however, to get on the board in the seventh. After leading off with a single, Charlie Markson advanced to second on a groundout before a DeFilippis single gave the Irish runners on the corners. Frank DeSico followed with an RBI sacrifice bunt and the Irish made it a 3-1 score.
Hansen was lifted in favor of Stephen Rivera after issuing a one-out walk in the eighth inning. After retiring the first batter he faced, Rivera allowed a single to set up runners on the corners before getting out of the inning with a fly out.
Rivera allowed a two-out walk in the ninth, but fielded comebacker to end the game and notch the save.
St. John's returns home and opens a five-game homstand with a 3 p.m. game against Iona on April 30.