June 4, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jeremy Baltz had a three-run home and St. John's plated five runs in the final two innings, but fell to No. 22 Mississippi, 10-5, in the NCAA Tournament. Baltz was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two walks to pace St. John's (40-19), while Joe Panik and Greg Hopkins added an RBI apiece. Kyle Hansen (8-2) took the loss, allowing six runs in 4.0 innings of work to go with three strikeouts. Tim Ferguson, Taylor Hashman and Alex Yarbrough had two RBI to lead Mississippi (39-22), while Drew Pomeranz (9-2) allowed two runs in 7.0 innings to pick up the win.
St. John's threatened in the first inning as Matt Wessinger drew a one-out walk before Panik singled. Pomeranz, however, retired the next batters to keep the Red Storm off the board.
After matching Pomeranz with a scoreless first frame, Hansen allowed a pair of runs in the second inning. Following a lead off single by Zach Miller and a bunt single by Hashman, a sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third with one out. Kevin Mort put Ole Miss on the board with an RBI groundout before a Tanner Mathis RBI triple gave the Rebels a 2-0 lead.
The Red Storm threatened again in the third, but was kept off the board. Scott Ferrara doubled into left field to lead of the third, but was caught too far off the bag and was erased on a 1-6-3 double play. Panik then reached on an error and Baltz walked, but Pomeranz was again able to strand a pair of runners.
Ole Miss went up 3-0 in the bottom of the third as Miles Hamblin led off the inning with a solo home run. Hansen, though, retired the next three batters in order.
In the fifth inning, Ole Miss used a pair of home runs to extend its lead to 7-0. Yarbrough had a one-out solo homer before Ferguson added a two-run homer with two outs.
Pomeranz worked his first 1-2-3 inning of the game in the fifth inning and Ole Miss added a run in the bottom of the frame to go up 8-0. Matt Carasiti entered in relief of Hansen and induced a groundout to open the inning before issuing three-straight walks to load the bases. Stephen Rivera entered and allowed a sacrifice fly before ending the inning.
St. John's got to Pomeranz in the eighth and plated three runs to close to within 7-3. After Wessinger led off the inning with a single up the middle, Panik walked to chase Pomeranz from the game. Ole Miss brought in Eric Callender and Baltz greeted the reliever with a three-run home run into the left field bleachers on the first pitch of the at-bat.
Ole Miss took a 10-3 lead with three runs off a quartet of relievers in the bottom of the eighth. After getting the final out of the seventh, Anthony Cervone was lifted after a pair of walks to open the eighth inning. Eddie Medina entered and Ole Miss advanced the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt before St. John's loaded the bases with an intentional walk. St. John's then brought in lefty Jose Rodriguez to face lefty Matt Synder, but Rodriguez forced in a run with a walk and Nick Cenatiempo took the mound. After Cenatiempo induced a foul pop up, Hashman followed with a two-run single into right center.
St. John's sent eight men to plate in a two-run ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Jimmy Brennan drew a one-out walk before pinch-hitter Robert Case set up runners on second and third with a double just inside the third baseline. After Wessinger walked to load the bases, Panik added a sacrifice fly. Baltz then drew a walk to load the bases before Hopkins drew a four-pitch walk to force in a run. Ole Miss then went to the bullpen and Rory McKean induced a groundout to end the game.
St. John's will now face VCU at 1 p.m. on June 5 in an elimination game.