April 30, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - St. John's led 2-1 after two frames, but was held scoreless for the final seven innings by four different pitchers in a 5-2 loss to USF. Rowan Wick was 1-for-2 with two RBI, while Pat Talbut, Jeremy Baltz and Paul Karmas had two hits apiece to pace St. John's (23-15, 10-6). Kevin Kilpatrick (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs, four earned in 4.0 innings of work. Eddie Medina had four strikeouts in 4.0 scoreless innings of relief. Todd Brazeal was 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead USF (21-21, 10-7), while Matt Reed (4-3) worked 3.0 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.
The Bulls took the early lead with a run in the first inning. Jonathan Koscso singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before Sam Mende lined an RBI single into right field to give USF a 1-0 lead.
The first two batters reached base in the second inning as St. John's answered with two runs to grab a 2-1 lead. After Baltz was plunked to open the frame, Karmas singled and Robert Case advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Wick then lined the first pitch of his at-bat for a two-run single into right field.
After retiring four-straight batters, including a 1-2-3 third inning, Kilpatrick issued a lead off walk to Mende in the fourth inning before Brazeal homered to left field to put the Bulls back on top, 3-2.
Four-straight singles to open the fifth chased Kilpatrick as the Bulls went on two plate two runs in the inning. After a pair of singles set up runners on the corners, a Junior Carlin bunt single put USF up 4-2. Mende then singled to load the bases with no outs and St. John's brought in Medina. Brazeal followed with an RBI groundout to give the Bulls a 5-2 lead before Medina ended the inning.
The Red Storm threatened in the eighth as Joe Panik drew a leadoff walk before Baltz reached on an infield single, but reliever Zach Pietrzyk retired the next three batters to keep St. John's off the board.
Following the two-out walk in the fifth, Medina retired 10-straight batters to send the game to the ninth.
Kevin Quackenbush entered for the Bulls in the ninth and quickly retired the first two batters before Matt Wessinger extended the game with a single through the left side. Talbut then battled in a 10-pitch at-bat before grounding out as Quackenbush earned his second save in as many days.
St. John's concludes its series against USF on May 1 with a 1 p.m. game.