May 1, 2009
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Freshman Kevin Kilpatrick allowed just two runs in 7.0 innings and the St. John's bats pounded out 19 hits in a 12-2 win against Seton Hall. Paul Karmas and Matt Wessinger each had three hits and three RBI to lead St. John's (26-15, 13-6). Jimmy Parque added four hits, while Joe Panik had three hits. Kilpatrick (3-1) retired the first batter in all seven innings, and finished with four strikeouts. Chris Affinito was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to pace Seton Hall
St. John's took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to three singles. After Parque extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a one out single in the first inning, Karmas followed with a slow rolling infield single. Following a passed ball that allowed both runners to advance, Panik gave St. John's a 1-0 lead with an infield single deep in the hole at second base.
Kilpatrick retired the first four batters before allowing a single to Sean Gusrang. After walking Frank Esposito, Kilpatrick tallied a strikeout and fielded a grounder to end the inning.
St. John's threatened in the third as Parque singled and Tim Morris walked with one out, but Sean Black was able to strand the runners on second and third. Kilpatrick set down six in a row before Chris Affinito singled with one out in the fourth. After plunking the next batter, Kilpatrick rolled an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to end the frame.
The Red Storm went up 2-0 in the fifth. Gino Matias led off with a double over the head of the centerfielder, but was thrown out trying to stretch for a triple. Brian Kemp then reached on an error before coming around to score from first on a Morris RBI double to the wall in left.
Panik opened a two-run sixth with a triple into the gap in left center before Wessinger singled through the left side of a drawn in infield to give St. John's a 3-0 lead. A Del Rosario sacrifice bunt moved Wessinger to second before a Danny Benedetti RBI double into right center.
Seton Hall got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2. After a one-out single by Matt Smedberg, Affinito sent a two-run homer over the fence in center field.
Following a lead off double by Parque in the seventh, Seton Hall lifted Black in favor of Henry Warner. Morris greeted Warner with an infield single, but Parque came around to score on an errant throw. Karmas then singled through the right side with Morris in motion to set up first and third with no outs. After Panik was plunked to load the bases, Wessinger lined a two RBI single into right center. With one out Benedetti laid down a squeeze bunt to score Panik from third and increase the lead to 8-2.
Kemp singled, following a brief rain delay, to open a three-run eighth inning. Parque and Morris then drew a back-to-back walks before Karmas plated two runs with a hard single up the middle to make it 10-2 and force the Pirates to bring in lefty Collin McGowan. After Panik greeted McGowan with a single to load the bases, Morris scored on a wild pitch.
Kemp and Parque had back-to-back one-out singles in the ninth before Morris was plunked to load the bases. Karmas then gave St. John's a 12-2 lead with a sacrifice fly.
St. John's will play a double header against Seton Hall beginning at 1 p.m on May 2.