May 13, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - After tying the game with a RBI double in the sixth inning, Paul Karmas launched a grand slam in the eighth inning to lead St. John's to a 7-3 series-opening win against Georgetown. Karmas finished 2-for-5 with five RBI, while Jimmy Brennan had a solo home run and Robert Case added an RBI to lead St. John's (28-17, 14-7). Kyle Hansen (8-4) earned the win, striking out five and allowing three runs in 7.0 innings of work. Andy Lentz was 1-for-3 with two RBI to lead Georgetown (23-28, 5-17), while Thomas Polus worked 6.0 innings of three-run ball to take a no-decision.
The Hoyas loaded the bases in bottom of the third inning, but were kept off the board. After a one-out bunt single by Paul Bello, Hansen got a strikeout before back-to-back walks loaded the bases. The righty, however, induced a groundout to end the inning.
St. John's then got on the board in the fourth as Brennan launched a lead off home run to right field for a 1-0 lead. Pat Talbut followed with a single up the middle before Polus retired the next two batters. The Red Storm continued to threaten as Jeremy Baltz added a single through the left side before a walk to Case loaded the bases, but Polus induced a pop up to strand three runners.
The Hoyas, however, quickly responded in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with no outs and taking a 3-1 lead. Sean Lamont singled to lead off the frame before dan Godefroi was plunked and Dan Capeless loaded the bases with a bunt single. Lentz then lined a two-run double off the wall in right field before Bello made it 3-1 with an RBI fielder's choice as St. John's was unsuccessful in getting the lead runner out at third. Bello, however, was caught stealing before Hansen got an inning-ending strikeout.
St. John's tied the game at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. Joe Panik doubled off the top of the batter's eye to lead off the frame before advancing to second on a Matt Wessinger fly out to right field. Case then ripped a two-out RBI single up the middle before Karmas tied the game with a bloop RBI double inside the right field line, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on the throw.
The Red Storm retook the lead with four runs in the eighth inning. Panik led off with a double off the wall in right center before Talbut grounded a single through the left side to set up runners on the corners. A walk to Baltz loaded the bases with no outs before Georgetown brought in reliever Pablo Vinent with one out. Following the pitching change, Karmas promptly blasted a grand slam to left field to give St. John's a 7-3 lead.
Hansen, meanwhile, retired seven-straight after consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the sixth and seventh frames before being lifted in favor of Matt Carasiti in the eighth. Carasiti worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and worked a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
St. John's continues its series against Georgetown at 3 p.m. on May 14. First pitch, originally scheduled for 7 p.m., has been moved up due to impending weather.