May 28, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jimmy Parque had a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth as St. John's rallied back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat No.9 Louisville, 6-5. Parque was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John's (38-18), while Matt Wessinger was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Carasiti (7-4) tossed 0.2 innings of relief to earn the win, while Bruce Kern took a no-decision after 5.1 innings of work. Ryan Wright was 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Louisville (47-11).
After being set down in order in each of the first two innings, St. John's took a 2-0 lead in the third. Paul Karmas led off the frame with a single through the left side, but was erased as Sean O'Hare reached first on a fielder's choice. O'Hare moved to second on a passed ball before Joe Witkowski drew a walk to set up runners on first and second. Wessinger then lofted a two-out RBI single into center field, but the throw to third base bounced into the stands and another run scored on the play.
Louisville answered quickly with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Kern walked Drew Haynes to lead off the inning before Jeff Arnold singled. Adam Duvall then popped up to Kern on a bunt attempt before Andrew Clark popped up to shortstop. Wright, however, followed with a two-out RBI double into left field to even the score at 2-2.
The Cardinals plated two runs and chased Kern in the bottom of the sixth. Stewart Ijames led off the inning with a solo home run to right center. With one out, J.J. Ethel tripled to the wall in center field and St. John's went to the bullpen. Ryan Cole entered and Haynes laid down a squeeze bunt, but pinch-runner Kyle Grieshaber just beat the tag at home plate to put the Cardinals up 4-2. Arnold then doubled to the gap in right center, but a perfect relay thrown from Wessinger resulted in an out at home before Cole induced a pop up to end the inning.
Louisville starter Matt Koch, meanwhile, retired nine-straight before St. John's used the long ball to add a run in the seventh inning. With one out, Parque launched a solo home run to right field as the Red Storm climbed to within 4-3. O'Hare then chased Koch from the game with a two-out double. Reliever Derek Self entered and ended the inning by striking out pinch-hitter Scott Ferrara.
St. John's rallied to score three runs off a pair of relievers in the eighth inning. Wessinger reached on an error with one out before Joe Panik lined a single into centerfield and the Cardinals brought in Tony Zych. Jeremy Baltz then drew a walk before Greg Hopkins lifted a pop up to shallow right field that was dropped by the second baseman, but the Cardinals were able to get the force out at home as the bases remained loaded. Parque followed with a two-run single through the right side, but an errant throw by the catcher into left field allowed Hopkins to score as St. John's took a 6-4 lead.
Louisville threatened in the bottom of the eighth, but was kept off the board. After a one-out single, Carasiti was lifted with a 3-0 count on Arnold. Daniel Burawa entered and threw a ball to walk Arnold, but then induced an inning-ending double play.
The Cardinals added a run in the ninth, but St. John's held on for the win. Burawa got a strikeout to open the inning, before Wright doubled. After Wright moved to third on a groundout, Ijames lined an RBI double to wall in left field as Louisville closed to within 6-5. Burawa, though, induced a fly out to secure the win with his ninth save of the year.
St. John's will now face either Louisville or USF at 1 p.m. on May 29.