May 8, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's led 8-7 after six innings, but Louisville used a three-run seventh to take game one of the series. Tim Morris had a grand slam and Gino Matias added two RBI to pace St. John's (27-17, 14-8). Carlos Del Rosario was also 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI for the Red Storm. Chris Dominguez had three RBI to lead Louisville (35-13, 15-6). Justin Marks allowed eight runs, six earned, and added seven strikeouts, while improving to 8-2 on the year.
Louisville took a 3-0 lead in the second inning after Dominguez opened the frame with a walk. Adam Duvall followed with a single up the middle before a groundout moved the runners to second and third. After Alec Lowery put the Cardinals up 1-0 with RBI groundout, Jeff Arnold made it 2-0 with an RBI double. John Dao then sent an RBI single through the right side.
Dominguez added a two-run home run in the third, extending the Louisville lead to 5-0.
St. John's plated five runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the game. After Del Rosario led off with an infield single to the left side, Danny Benedetti singled into left center to set up first and third. Matias followed with an RBI double just inside the third base bag before Jimmy Parque was plunked to load the bases. Morris then stepped to plate and launched a grand slam home run over the fence in center field.
The Red Storm went up 6-5 in the fourth. After walking to lead off the inning, Del Rosario was in motion as Benedetti grounded up the first base line. Del Rosario raced around to third on the play and scored on an errant throw to third by first baseman Clark.
Louisville tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth. Duvall singled with one out and advanced on a wild pitch before scoring on a Clark RBI single through the right side.
The Cardinals took the lead in the sixth after Wunderlich was plunked to lead off the inning. Wunderlich promptly stole second before scoring on a Lowrey RBI single that gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead and sent St. John's to the bullpen. Eddie Medina entered and allowed a single before retiring the next two batters to end the inning.
Joe Panik led off the sixth with a double, the team's new school-record 127th of the season. Matt Wessinger advanced Panik to third with a groundout before Del Rosario singled up the middle to tie the game. Benedetti then sent a grounder to Dominguez at third, but an errant throw to second resulted in runners on second and third. Matias then gave St. John's an 8-7 lead, plating Del Rosario with an RBI groundout to second.
The Cardinals retook the lead in the seventh when Duvall led off with a double. After advancing to third on a groundout, Duvall trotted home on a Dominguez sacrifice fly. Following a Wunderlich double, Wright belted a two-run home run and Louisville took a 10-8 lead.
St. John's and Louisville will take to the field for game two at 1 p.m. on May 9.