May 10, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Four players had multi-hit games, three players had multi-RBI games and four pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as St. John's defeated NYIT, 15-0, on Senior Day. Matt Wessinger was 2-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI, while Paul Karmas was 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead St. John's (27-17). Pat Talbut and Joe Panik each had two hits, one RBI and four runs scored and Jeremy Baltz was 1-for-1 with two RBI and three walks. Anthony Cervone (2-1) had five strikeouts and allowed just one hit in 5.0 scoreless innings to earn the win. Ryan Campbell was 2-for-4 to lead NYIT (12-27), while Steve Cotov (1-3) took the loss after allowing eight runs, seven earned, in 3.1 innings.
St. John's grabbed the early lead with a three-run first inning. After Talbut drew a one-out walk and Panik was plunked, Baltz roped a two-out, two-run double off the wall in left field. Karmas then grounded an RBI single through the left side and the Red Storm led 3-0.
NYIT threatened in the top of the third as a one-out single, a walk and a wild pitch set up runners on second and third, but Cervone got a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.
A Karmas two-out RBI single to right center put the Red Storm up 4-0 in the third inning.
After Cervone worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning, the Red Storm offense added four runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 8-0. Frankie Schwindel led off with a double before Talbut added a one-out RBI single. After a Panik double set up runners on second and third, Wessinger roped a two-run double inside the left field line to make it 7-0 and chase Cotov from the game. Wessinger later stole third, but scored on an errant throw from the catcher to give the Red Storm an 8-0 lead.
Sean Hagan entered in the sixth inning and worked 2.0 scoreless innings before the St. John's offense opened up a 14-0 lead with a six-run seventh inning. Kevin Grove reached on an infield single to lead off the inning before Kyle Richardson drew a one-out walk and Talbut was plunked to load the bases. After a wild pitch brought home a run, Panik made it a 10-0 game with an RBI single before Wessinger added a sacrifice fly. Lincoln Sanborn then added a pinch-hit single to set up runners on the corners and Karmas followed with an RBI single. Joe Witkowski then walked before a Grove fly ball was dropped allowing two runs to score and giving the Red Storm a 14-0 advantage.
Following a 1-2-3 eighth inning from reliever Jake Woodward, a Wessinger RBI double made it 15-0.
Eddie Medina pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side to close out the game.
St. John's returns to action at 7 p.m. on May 13, opening up a three-game set at Georgetown.
Notes: St. John's held its Senior Day ceremony prior to first pitch ... Josh Daniel, Karmas, Jose Rodriguez, Miguel Valcarcel, Witkowski and manager Ryan Gilbert were honored for their contributions to the program.