May 13, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
St. John's took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but No. 22 Louisville tied it in the fourth and added a four-run sixth before holding on for a 6-4 win. Sean O'Hare and Bret Dennis were each 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead St. John's (32-19, 17-7), while Zach Lauricella and Danny Bethea were both 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kevin Kilpatrick (1-1) took the loss after allowing four runs in 1.2 innings of relief, while Kyle Hansen had seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings of two-run ball for a no-decision. Kyle Gibson was 1-for-4 with three RBI to lead Louisville (35-17, 16-8), while Jared Ruxer (7-1) allowed two runs in 6.0 innings of work for the win.
St. John's used a two-out rally to plate a pair of runs and take a 2-0 lead in the second inning. After the first two batters were retired, O'Hare was plunked before Lauricella lined a single through the left side to set up runners on first and second. Bethea then grounded an RBI single through the left side to put the Red Storm on the board before a Dennis RBI single into centerfield and a good slide by Lauricella to avoid the tag at home made it a 2-0 game.
Louisville tried to answer with a two-out rally of its own in the bottom of the frame as a two-out single, a walk and a double steal set up runners on second and third, but Hansen kept the Cardinals off the board with an inning-ending strikeout.
The Cardinals, however, used the long ball to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Ty Young singled to leadoff the frame and stole second before Hansen got a strikeout. Another stolen base gave Louisville a runner on third before Stewart Ijames tied the score at 2-2 with a two-run home run to right field. Hansen ended the inning with two more strikeouts.
Louisville then took the lead with four runs in the sixth against the St. John's bullpen Kilpatrick took the mound and issued back-to-back walks before a sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a single to load the bases. After a strikeout, however, Gibson cleared the bases with a three-run double before taking third on the relay throw home. Cole Sturgeon followed with an RBI sacrifice bunt and the Cardinals led 6-2.
The Red Storm chased Ruxer in the seventh as a leadoff single by O'Hare and a two-out single by Dennis set up runners on the corners, but reliever Travis Tingle induced a flyout to end the threat.
St. John's loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Derek Self as part of a two-run eighth inning. Pat Talbut reached on an error to open the inning before Matt Wessinger walked and Frank Schwindel reached on an infield single to load the bases. O'Hare and Lauricella followed with back-to-back RBI singles to make it a 6-4 game and chase Self as Louisville went to the bullpen. Sturgeon, however, induced a double play to end the threat.
St. John's put the leadoff man on base in the ninth as Dennis walked, but Sturgeon retired the next three batters to end the game and record the save.
St. John's returns home and opens its final four-game homestand of the regular season with a 6 p.m. Senior Day game against Marist.