Wessinger Slam Highlights 10-Run Second Inning As St. John's Defeats Iona, 19-1|
April 30, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - A Matt Wessinger grand slam highlighted a 10-run second inning as St. John's set a new season-high in runs scored and had six players record multi-hit games in a 19-1 win against Iona. Wessinger finished 2-for-3 with four RBI, while Sean O'Hare was 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's (29-16), which scored its most runs since a 25-7 win against Georgetown on May 14, 2011. Eric Peterson was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Robert Case added one RBI as part of a 3-for-4 day. Brendan Lobban (5-3) had six strikeouts in 5.0 scoreless innings to earn the win. Matt Kriss was 2-for-2 to pace Iona (16-28), while John Nargoski (2-4) took the loss after allowing 10 runs, eight earned, in 2.0 innings of work.
St. John's sent 15 men to the plate and scored nine two-out runs as part of a 10-run explosion in the second inning. O'Hare led off the inning with an infield single before Case walked and Peterson put the Red Storm on the board with an RBI single into left field. After Case was picked off at second, Anthony Iacomini walked before a Martin Kelly fly out gave the Red Storm runners on first and third with two outs. The next nine batters reached base safely beginning with a Pat Talbut walk that loaded the bases. Wessinger promptly cleared the bases, lifting a grand slam just inside the left field foul pole to make it a 5-0 game. Frank Schwindel was then plunked and Baltz singled before O'Hare and Case followed with back-to-back RBI singles. Peterson then lined an RBI double inside the right field line before Iacomini reached on an error that allowed two more runs to score and put the Red Storm up 10-0.
Lobban, meanwhile, had two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 third inning before adding a 1-2-3 fourth frame.
The Red Storm added a run in the bottom of the fourth to grab an 11-0 lead. After Case and Peterson opened with back-to-back singles, Iacomini walked to load the bases. Case then scored on a Kelly double play.
The first four players reached base in the fifth as St. John's plated five more runs to extend the lead to 16-0. Schwindel reached on an infield single to lead off the inning before a Baltz double set up runners on second and third. O'Hare followed with a two-run double and Case walked before the next two batters were retired. A walk to Kelly loaded the bases before O'Hare scored on a wild pitch, but an errant throw from the catcher back to home plate allowed Case to score as well. Jimmy Brennan then reached on an error as another run scored before the Gaels got out of the inning.
After reliever Brad Bellinger worked a 1-2-3 frame in the top of sixth, a leadoff walk to Schwindel set the table for an unearned run in the sixth as the Red Storm went up 17-0. A Kyle Richardson single into center set up runners on first and second before Schwindel scored when pinch hitter Zach Lauricella reached on an error.
Reliever Jake Woodward added a 1-2-3 frame in the top of the seventh before the Red Storm loaded the bases with no outs to add a run in the bottom of the frame. Iacomini and Kelly led off with back-to-back singles before Brennan walked to load the bases. Schwindel then lifted a sacrifice fly into left field to put the Red Storm up by an 18-0 margin.
A one-out double by Case set up a run in the eighth as St. John's extended the lead to 19-0. After a passed ball and a walk to Dan Roland, Case scored on a wild pitch.
The Gaels broke the shutout with a run in the ninth after Matt Hratko drew a walk to open the frame. Hratko was erased on a fielder's choice before a two-out infield single set up runners on first and second. Joe Smith then blooped an RBI single into shallow right center for the final 19-1 margin.
St. John's continues its five-game homestand and opens a three-game BIG EAST series against USF with a 6 p.m. game on May 4.