June 6, 2010
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
Jeremy Baltz had a pair of two-run home runs, including a two-out, go-ahead blast in the eighth, and Greg Hopkins added a two-run home run as St. John's set a new program record with 43 wins and advanced to the Charlottesville Regional Championship with a 6-5 win against No. 1 Virginia. Baltz finished 2-for-4, while Greg Hopkins was 1-for-3 to lead St. John's (43-19). Matt Wessinger, Jimmy Parque and Josh Daniel had two hits apiece, while Kevin Kilpatrick (2-1) had four strikeouts in 5.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief. Keith Werman and Jarrett Parker had two RBI each for Virginia (49-12).
St. John's used the first of its three home runs to plate two runs in the second inning. After Parque singled with one out, Hopkins blasted a two-run home run to right field and the Red Storm took a 2-0 lead.
After starter Matt Carasiti stranded runners on second and third in the second inning and used a double play to get out of the third, Virginia got on the board with five runs in the fourth. Following a lead off walk, Parker connected for a one-out, two-run home run into right field. John Hicks then doubled before Tyler Cannon reached on an error that allowed a run to score. Parque then made a great catch in right field for the second out, but back-to-back walks loaded the bases with two outs and Carasiti was lifted. Kilpatrick entered and Werman lined a two-run single into right field as Virginia took a 5-2 lead.
St. John's answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on another two-run home run. Following a lead off walk to Joe Panik, Baltz launched a two-run home run into the right field bleachers as St. John's closed to within 5-4.
Kilpatrick, meanwhile, worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning and added a 1-2-3 eighth to keep the Cavaliers off the board.
St. John's retook the lead in the eighth with its third two-run home run. Wessinger singled with one out before Baltz launched a towering two-out, two-run home run with two strikes as St. John's retook a 6-5 lead.
Kilpatrick retired the final seven batters he faced, including a quick 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win. After a fly out, Kilpatrick got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
St. John's will now play Virginia at 6 p.m. on June 7 in the Charlottesville Regional Championship.
Notes: The previous program-record for wins was 42 set in 2008 ... with 24 home runs this season, Baltz is tied for fourth at St. John's in career home runs ... St. John's is 5-1 this postseason against ranked teams ... the Red Storm is 2-0 against No. 8 Louisville, 1-0 against No. 18 Connecticut, 1-1 against No. 22 Mississippi and 1-0 against No. 1 Virginia.