May 6, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Frank Schwindel provided the heroics with a walk-off single in the ninth inning as St. John's defeated USF, 5-4, to win its seventh-straight BIG EAST series. Schwindel finished 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Danny Bethea was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and Sean O'Hare finished 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead St. John's (31-17, 16-5). James Lomangino (2-1) earned the win with 1.0 scoreless inning of relief, while starter Kyle Hansen had a no-decision after allowing two runs and striking out eight in 7.1 innings. Alex Mendez was 3-for-5 to pace USF (30-18, 13-8), while Austin Adams (1-2) took the loss after surrendering three runs in 2.1 innings of relief.
USF took advantage of a leadoff single by Mendez to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After advancing to second on a groundout and taking third on a wild pitch, Mendez scored on an RBI groundout.
Hansen eventually retired five-straight before a two-out double in the second and had three strikeouts as part of a string of six-straight retired before a two-out single in the fourth.
St. John's then used the long ball to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning. Following a leadoff O'Hare single up the middle, Bethea launched a two-run home run to left field for his second round-tripper of the year.
The Bulls, however, came right back to tie the score at 2-2 in the fifth. Zac Gilcrease singled to lead off the inning before Kyle Teaf laid down a sacrifice bunt and Gilcrease advanced two bases as third base was left uncovered. Luis Llernea promptly followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game.
Hansen struck out the side in the sixth around a one-out walk.
The Red Storm retook the lead with a two-out rally in the seventh against the USF bullpen. Adams took the mound and retired the first two batters before Schwindel doubled to the wall in left field and Baltz was intentionally walked. O'Hare then ripped a double into right center that plated a pair of runs as Baltz executed an acrobatic slide to score from first base and give St. John's a 4-2 lead.
Hansen was lifted after striking out the leadoff batter in the eighth and reliever Kevin Kilpatrick got the final two outs of the frame.
The Bulls, however, tied the game with a two-run rally in the ninth. Llernea doubled to lead off the inning before advancing to third on a Mendez single. James Ramsay then blooped an RBI single into right field to chase Kilpatrick. Lomangino took the mound and induced a 6-4-3 double play as Mendez advanced to third base. A wild pitch, however, allowed USF to tie the game before Lomangino got an inning-ending fly out.
St. John's answered immediately, however, plating a run in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win. Pat Talbut led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Schwindel then lined the game-winning RBI single to the gap in left center to give the Red Storm a 5-4 win.
St. John's concludes its five-game homestand with a 6 p.m. Senior Day game against NYIT on May 9.