May 9, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - After falling behind 5-0, the St. John's baseball team plated four unanswered runs before dropping game two in the series against Louisville, 5-4. Paul Karmas and Carlos Del Rosario had two hits apiece to pace St. John's (27-18, 14-9). Adam Duvall had a two-run home run and John Dao had three hits to lead Louisville (36-13, 16-6).
After striking out the lead off batter to open the game, Bruce Kern allowed the next two runners on base. Chris Dominguez then lined a single off the wall in center, but a good relay from Jimmy Parque in center to Gino Matias resulted in Duvall being thrown out at home and kept Louisville off the board in the first.
Louisville took a 3-0 lead in the third after Dao led off with a triple to the wall in right center. Drew Haynes then sent an RBI single up the middle before Duvall homered over the fence in left field.
The Cardinals added a run in the fourth as Alec Lowrey connected for an RBI double. Jeff Arnold then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Kern threw to third to get the lead runner. A single set up first and third before Haynes laid down a bunt on a suicide squeeze, but Kern fielded and flipped home for the out at the plate.
Louisville went up 5-0 in the fifth after Dominguez singled through the left side with one out to start things. Phil Wunderlich then sent a grounder towards second, but a bad hop resulted in a single that set up first and third before Ryan Wright followed with a sacrifice fly. Reliever Stephen Rivera entered and induced a ground out to end the inning.
St. John's got on the board with two runs in the fifth inning. After Matias singled off of starter Dean Keikhefer (5-4) to lead off the frame, Brian Kemp doubled into the left center gap and Matias scored all the way from first. Parque then moved Kemp to third with a groundout before Tim Morris plated a run with an RBI groundout to first base.
The Red Storm added two more runs in the sixth. Matt Wessinger sent a slow roller to third for an infield single with one out. With Wessinger in motion, Del Rosario singled over the head of Dominguez to set up first and third. Joe Witkowski then lined an RBI double inside the third base bag forcing Louisville to go to the bullpen and bring in Derek Self. Matias then laid down a perfect suicide bunt with Del Rosario racing home to score. As the throw went to first Witkowski tried to score as well, but was thrown out at home.
Kern (4-3) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 4.2 innings. Rivera was solid out of the bullpen, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings.
Gabriel Shaw worked a scoreless ninth inning to tally his second save in as many days.
St. John's and Louisville will conclude the series with an 11 a.m. first pitch on May 10.