May 16, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
Trailing 4-0 after the third inning, St. John's battled back to within 4-3 before falling in the series finale against No. 8 Louisville, 8-4. Matt Wessinger was 2-for-4 with three RBI to pace St. John's (34-16, 15-9). Scott Ferrara was 2-for-4, while Paul Karmas was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Stewart Ijames was 3-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI to lead Louisville (42-10, 18-6).
St. John's loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning without getting a hit, but Justin Amlung (4-1) kept the Red Storm off the board with an inning-ending strikeout.
Louisville threatened in the first frame as well, but Matt Carasiti (6-3) induced an inning-ending groundout to strand runners on second and third.
The Cardinals, however, took a 1-0 lead in the second after Ijames led off the inning with a solo home run to right field.
Three runs in the third gave Louisville a 4-0 lead. After a one-out single by Ryan Wright and a walk to Phil Wunderlich, Ijames lined a two-run double off the wall in right center. J.J. Ethel drew a two-out walk before Drew Haynes plated a run with an RBI single. A walk to Jeff Arnold loaded the bases and chased Carasiti from the game, but Kevin Kilpatrick ended the threat with a ground out.
St. John's got on the board in the sixth, plating three runs with two outs in the inning. Following back-to-back singles by Ferrara and Jimmy Parque, Joe Panik reached on a fielder's choice as Louisville took the force at third base. After Jeremy Baltz reached on a fielder's choice, Greg Hopkins walked to load the bases with two outs. Wessinger then cleared the bases with a three-run double to right center as the Red Storm trailed, 4-3.
Kilpatrick, meanwhile, retired 10-straight batters before the Cardinals plated four runs in the seventh. Andrew Clark led off the inning with a solo home run. After Wright singled and Wunderlich was plunked, Ijames connected for a three-run home run to right field.
The Red Storm answered with a run in the eighth. Baltz singled with one out and moved to third on a two-out single by Wessinger. Karmas then plated a run with an RBI single into right center, but was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
St. John's returns to action with a 3 p.m. game at Boston College on May 18.