May 1, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. - After allowing the game-tying run to score in the bottom of the ninth, St. John's was defeated by USF, 2-1, in 11 innings. Rowan Wick had an RBI, while Pat Talbut was 2-for-4 to pace St. John's (23-16, 10-7). Brendan Lobban tossed 5.1 scoreless innings to earn a no-decision. Junior Carlin had the game-winning RBI single, while Peter Brotons also had an RBI to lead USF (22-21, 11-7).
St. John's took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Paul Karmas set the table with a lead off triple off the top of the wall in left field. Wick then plated a run with a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Red Storm the early lead.
Lobban, meanwhile, retired the first six batters he faced before allowing a lead off single to Chad Taylor in the third. Taylor was promptly caught stealing for the first out of the inning before Andrew Longley doubled, but Lobban worked out of the inning without allowing a run.
The Bulls chased Lobban in the sixth inning, but the bullpen preserved the 1-0 lead. Jonathan Koscso reached on an error to lead off the sixth before advancing on a sacrifice bunt. Lobban then plunked Sam Mende to set up runners on first and second and St. John's brought Matt Carasiti in from the bullpen. Carasiti got a strikeout of Todd Brazeal before inducing a groundout to end the threat.
Following a Joe Panik single that led off the fourth, Kyle Eastham retired six-straight and nine-of-10 as the starter allowed just a two-out walk in the sixth. USF went to the bullpen, however, in seventh and brought in Kyle Parker. Wick lined a one-out single through the right side before Robert Case was plunked with two outs, but Parker ended the inning with a fly out and the Red Storm stranded a pair of runners.
The Bulls threatened in the seventh as pinch-hitter James Ramsay drew a lead off walk before Taylor doubled to left field, but Carasiti worked out of the jam by striking out the next two batters before inducing an inning-ending fly out.
St. John's then threatened in the eighth, but was kept off the board. Kyle Richardson reached on an error to lead off the inning before moving to second on a Matt Wessinger sacrifice bunt. The Bulls then intentionally walked Panik before bringing in reliever Andrew Loynaz, who retired the next two batters to end the inning.
The Bulls, however, rallied for a run in the ninth to tie the game at 1-1. A lead off single was followed by a pair of walks as the Bulls loaded the bases against Carasiti and St. John's brought in Sean Hagan (3-2). Brotons then tied the game at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to center before Hagan got out of the inning.
After Richardson walked to open the 10th and advanced to second on a groundout, USF went to the bullpen. Reliever Trey Dahl got Panik to fly out, but Richardson moved to third and the Bulls went to the bullpen again. Reliever Jimmy Moran retired the first batter he faced to end the inning.
After a one-out walk to Brazeal, Alex Mendez lined a single into right to set up runners on the corners. Hagan, however, got out of the inning and sent the game to the 11th with a 6-4-3 double play.
USF plated the game-winner, however, in the bottom of the 11th. Taylor singled to lead off the 11th before Hagan induced a fly out. Taylor then moved to second on a ground out and St. John's went to the bullpen. After Stephen Rivera plunked Koscso, Carlin lined an RBI single into center field to plate the game-winning run.
St. John's returns to action at 6 p.m. on May 3, hosting Iona to open up a five-game homestand.