May 11, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - St. John's had a runner on base in six different innings, but only one advanced past second base as Louisville defeated the Red Storm by a 5-0 margin to take game one of a three-game series. Pat Talbut was 2-for-4 to pace St. John's (31-18, 16-6). Matt Carasiti (4-4) took the loss after allowing three runs in 2.2 innings of work, while reliever Brendan Lobban allowed two runs in 4.2 innings of relief. Ty Young finished 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Louisville (34-16, 15-7), while Justin Amlung (8-3) worked 7.0 scoreless innings for the win.
Louisville grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning after taking advantage of back-to-back singles to open the frame. After a leadoff single by Cole Sturgeon, Nick Ratajczak singled through the left side and took second on the throw to give the Cardinals runners on second and third with no outs. Jeff Gardner then put the Cardinals on the board with an RBI groundout before Young followed with an RBI infield single.
After stranding a runner in the second inning, St. John's stranded two more in the third. Kyle Richardson reached on an error with two outs to extend the inning before Talbut singled through the right side to set up runners on the corners. Amlung induced a fielder's choice, however, to get out of the inning.
Back-to-back singles to open the third helped the Cardinals go up 3-0. After a Gardner single opened the inning, Young reached on an infield single and Zach Lucas set up runners on second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Stewart Ijames followed with an RBI infield single before Carasiti retired Adam Engel and was lifted in favor of Lobban, who loaded the bases with a walk before getting an inning-ending lineout.
Louisville loaded the bases with one out in the fourth and added two runs to go up 5-0. Lobban used a strikeout to retire the leadoff batter before plunking Ratajcazk, who then advanced two bases on an errant pickoff throw. Following a walk to Gardner, Young followed with an RBI single before Lucas was plunked to load the bases. Ijames then lifted a sacrifice fly into left field to give the Cardinals a 5-0 advantage.
The Red Storm put the leadoff man on base for the first time in the sixth with a Talbut bunt single, but Amlung retired the next three batters.
Lobban, meanwhile, worked a 1-2-3 fifth inning and eventually retired seven-straight before allowing a two-out single in the sixth. The lefty added a 1-2-3 seventh and retired 12-of-13 batters before being lifted after a hit batsman and a walk with one out in the eighth. Jake Woodward came on to get the next two outs and send the game to ninth.
St. John's put a runner on base again in the ninth as Jeremy Baltz lined a one-out single into centerfield, but Louisville got the next two outs to grab the win.
St. John's returns to action against Louisville at 11:30 a.m. on May 12 in a game that will be televised on ESPNU.