May 18, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - After a Jeremy Baltz leadoff triple in the 12th innings set the stage, Zach Lauricella plated the game-winning run with a walk-off single to give St. John's a 5-4 win against Seton Hall. Baltz finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Sean O'Hare went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead St. John's (33-20, 18-8), which has won in walk-off fashion four times this season. Kevin Kilpatrick (2-1) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief, while Sean Hagan took a no-decision after allowing just one unearned run in 8.0 innings of work. Mike Genovese was 2-for-5 with two RBI to pace Seton Hall (32-22, 16-10), while Benny Mejia (3-2) took the loss after allowing one run in 1.0 inning of relief.
A leadoff walk to Baltz set the table for a run in the second inning as St. John's took an early 1-0 lead. Baltz stole second before an O'Hare single set up runners on the corners with no outs. Danny Bethea then laid down an RBI bunt single to put the Red Storm on the board.
Seton Hall responded immediately, however, plating an unearned run in the top of the third to tie the game. Michael Betz led off with an infield single before a sacrifice bunt and a Genovese single set up runners on the corners with one out. Hagan then induced a lineout, but Sal Annunziata reached on an error as Betz scored to tie the game at 1-1.
St. John's answered right back, using a two-out rally to plate three runs in the bottom of the third and retake the lead. After a double play erased a leadoff single, Matt Wessinger restarted things with a two-out single before stealing second base. A Schwindel single set up runners on first and third before Baltz lined an RBI single through the left side. A wild pitch gave the Red Storm runners on second and third before O'Hare ripped a two-run single into center field to give St. John's a 4-1 advantage.
Hagan, meanwhile, worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning and used an inning-ending double play to erase a one-out walk in the fifth and keep it a 4-1 game.
Seton Hall, however, rallied to tie the game at 4-4 with three runs in the ninth against the St. John's bullpen. Reliever James Lomangino took the mound in relief of Hagan and retired pinch hitter Chase Gray to open the ninth before pinch hitter Scott Kalamar singled up the middle. Betz then drew a walk before Lomangino retired the next batter, but Genovese followed with a two-run double into left field. Giuseppe Pappaccio then tied the game with an RBI double before a strikeout ended the inning.
St. John's had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth, but could not score. After working scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, reliever Josh Prevost issued a one-out walk and was lifted in favor of George Fernandez. Wessinger was then plunked, but Fernandez induced an inning-ending double play to send the game to extra innings.
Lomangino retired the first two batters in the 10th before Kilpatrick took the mound for the final out of the inning.
The Red Storm threatened again in the 10th, but was kept off the board. Baltz led off with a single before an O'Hare sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a single and St. John's had runners on first and second. Lauricella then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Seton Hall retired the lead runner to leave St. John's with runners on first and second with one out. The Pirates got out of the inning, however, as a missed suicide squeeze with two strikes turned into a strikeout with O'Hare out on a rundown.
Kilpatrick worked a quick 1-2-3 frame in the 11th and Seton Hall brought in Benny Mejia, who allowed a two-out single in a scoreless bottom of the frame to send the game into the 12th.
Another 1-2-3 frame from Kilpatrick in the 12th set the stage for the walk-off heroics. Baltz led off the bottom of the frame with a triple off the wall in left field before O'Hare walked to set up runners on first and third with no outs. Lauricella then blooped the game-winning walk-off single just inside the right field line for the 5-4 triumph.
St. John's concludes both its series against Seton Hall and the regular season on May 19 with a 1 p.m. Senior Day rubber game. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.