May 17, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Four errors led to a pair of unearned runs as St. John's left 10 runners on base and was defeated by Seton Hall, 4-1, in the opener of a three-game series. Zach Lauricella was 1-for-2 with an RBI to pace St. John's (32-20, 17-8), while Jeremy Baltz finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Matt Carasiti (4-5) took the loss, striking out five and allowing three runs, two earned, in 5.1 innings of work. Kyle Grimm finished 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Seton Hall (32-21, 16-9), while Jon Prosinski (8-3) worked 6.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win.
Seton Hall took advantage of a Scott Kalamar leadoff walk to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. After a Grimm single set up runners on first and third with no outs, Alex Falconi put the Pirates on the board with an RBI groundout.
A leadoff walk to Baltz set the table for a run in the fourth as St. John's leveled the score at 1-1. After Baltz stole second and advanced to third on a groundout, Lauricella lined an RBI single into center field.
The Pirates answered right back in the fifth, however, taking advantage of an error to retake a 2-1 lead with an unearned run. Michael Betz reached on a misplayed pop up and moved to second on sacrifice bunt. A groundout moved Betz to third before Will Walsh chopped an RBI through the right side.
The Red Storm put the leadoff man on base in the fifth as Kyle Richardson led off with a single before Prosinski retired the next three batters.
Seton Hall added a run in the sixth to go up 3-1 and chase Carasiti from the game. Sal Annunziata set the table with a one-out infield single before Kalamar walked to set up runners on first and second. Grim then lined an RBI single into right field and St. John's went to the bullpen. Stephen Rivera entered and retired the next two batters to end the frame.
The Pirates went to the bullpen in the seventh and Lauricella walked to open the inning against Henry Warner. Bret Dennis then reached as Lauricella was erased on a fielder's choice before Warner retired the next two batters as St. John's stranded another runner on base.
Rivera, meanwhile, worked 1-2-3 innings in both the seventh and eight frames to retire the first eight batters he faced.
St. John's stranded two more base runners in the eighth against reliever George Fernandez. Frank Schwindel set the table with a one-out single and was lifted in favor of pinch runner Anthony Iacomini, who stole second with two outs. Sean O'Hare then walked, but Fernandez induced a flyout to end the inning.
A leadoff Grimm single in the ninth helped set up an unearned run in the ninth as Seton Hall grabbed a 4-1 lead. After Grimm moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and took third on wild pitch, Rivera got a strikeout and was lifted. Jake Woodward entered and induced a groundball, but an error on the play allowed Grimm to score before a pop up ended the inning.
St. John's stranded its 10th runner of the game in the ninth inning as Dennis reached on a one-out single against Benny Mejia. The closer, however, retired the next two batters for the save.
St. John's continues its series against Seton Hall on May 18 with a 1 p.m. first pitch. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.