June 8, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - St. John's used a five-run fourth inning to take an early lead and also pounded out a total of 18 hits on the day, but was forced into extra innings and, after retaking a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th, lost to Arizona, 7-6, in walk-off fashion. Zach Lauricella went 4-for-5, while Bret Dennis was 3-for-4 with an RBI for St. John's (40-22). Jimmy Brennan finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and Frank Schwindel was 3-for-5 as the Red Storm totaled six players with multi-hit games. Kyle Hansen allowed five runs, four earned, in 5.2 innings for a no-decision, while Stephen Rivera allowed just one run in 3.2 innings of relief. Kevin Kilpatrick (3-3) took the loss, allowing one run without retiring a batter. Bobby Brown finished 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead Arizona (42-17). Matthew Troupe (4-1) earned the win with 0.2 innings of work in relief of Kurt Heyer, who allowed six runs in 9.1 innings of work.
St. John's broke open a scoreless game in the fourth, batting around and racking up seven hits, including five-straight to leadoff the inning, as part of a five-run fourth frame. Matt Wessinger led off the inning with a single up the middle before Schwindel set up runners on the corners with a single into right field. Jeremy Baltz followed with an RBI single through the right side before Sean O'Hare lined a single into left field to load the bases with no outs. Lauricella then made it a 2-0 game with an RBI single before Dennis reloaded the bases and made it 3-0 with an RBI infield single. Kyle Richardson added a sacrifice fly, before Brennan lined an RBI single into left field to make it 5-0 before Dennis was caught between second and third base to end the inning.
Arizona answered with a run in the fourth after Robert Refsynder set the table with a one-out walk. A Seth Mejias-Brown single set up runners on the corners before Brown pulled the Wildcats to within 5-1 with an RBI single. Hansen, however, responded by rolling an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Wildcats took advantage of a one-out walk to Trent Gilbert to add a run in the fifth. Joey Rickard followed with a single before Johnny Field made it a 5-2 game with an RBI single into left field. A sacrifice bunt set up runners on second and third with two outs before Refsynder walked to load the bases, but Hansen induced a fly out to end the inning.
Arizona used a two-out rally to chase Hansen and tie the score with a three-run sixth inning. Joseph Maggi got things started by blooping a one-out double into shallow left before Gilbert added a two-out RBI triple into the gap in right center. Rickard followed with an RBI single before a Field fly ball to shallow center was dropped and the Wildcats tied the game at 5-5. Hansen was then lifted in favor of Rivera and Field was caught stealing on a pitchout to end the inning.
St. John's threatened in the eighth as Schwindel led off with a single before Lauricella set up runners on first and second with a two-out single, but Heyer induced a groundout to end the inning.
The Red Storm threatened again in the ninth, but was again kept off the board. After Dennis led off with a single, Brennan lined a two-out single up the middle to set up runners on the corners with one out. Heyer, however, induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
After working a 1-2-3 eighth inning, Rivera added a 1-2-3 ninth to send the game into the 10th inning.
St. John's put the leadoff man on for the third-straight inning in the 10th and retook a 6-5 lead. Schwindel led off with a single before taking second base on a passed ball. O'Hare then ripped the first pitch of his at-bat just inside the third base bag for an RBI double to chase Heyer. Lauricella then greeted Troupe with a single into left field, but O'Hare was thrown out at home as Lauricella moved to second and Troupe ended the inning with a flyout.
Rivera retired 10-straight batters before issuing a leadoff walk in the 10th. The righty was lifted following a sacrifice bunt and Kilpatrick was greeted with a Brown RBI single up the middle that tied the game. Brandon Dixon followed with a single before Kilpatrick walked Moore to load the bases and St. John's went to the bullpen. James Lomangino entered and got two quick strikes before Gilbert lined a game-winning RBI single into right center to give Arizona a 7-6 win.
St. John's returns to action in the best-of-three Super Regional against Arizona with a 3 p.m. game on June 9.