March 3, 2010
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QUEENS, N.Y. -
After posting a 3-0 mark at the second annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge, the St. John's baseball begins a seven-game road trip with a three-game set at East Tennessee State. St. John's (6-0) and ETSU (6-1) will open the set at 3 p.m. on March 5. Following a 2 p.m. game on March 6, the teams will play at 1 p.m. on March 7 to close out the series.
Stat Of The Week
6-0: St. John's is off to a 6-0 start this year, which ties the best start in the Ed Blankmeyer Era. The squad also started 6-0 in 2008 en route to a school-record 42 wins.
Inside The Series With East Tennessee State
St. John's has met ETSU three times in an all-time series that began in 2006. The Red Storm leads the series, 2-1.
St. John's outscored the Bucs 32-15 in a three-game set from March 3-5, 2006.
Scouting The Buccaneers (6-1)
The Bucs are coming off a four-game sweep of Saint Peters.
Chas Byrne has paced the offense, batting a team-best .526 with six RBI.
Derek Trent is batting .387 with two home runs and nine RBI, while Paul Hoilman has a .345 average, two home runs and a team-best 10 RBI.
Byrne is also 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 13.0 innings.
Scott McNally is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen.
St. John's Enters NCBWA Rankings At No. 30
Off to a 6-0 start, tied for the best start in the Ed Blankmeyer Era, St. John's has entered the NCBWA rankings at No. 30.
The Red Storm swept a three-game set against UNO to open the season before taking games from Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois as part of the second annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge.
Panik Earns BIG EAST Player Of The Week Accolades
Following three wins at the second annual Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge, Joe Panik has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
The shortstop batted .625 (5-for-8) with one double, one triple, two RBI and a team-best four runs scored. The sophomore also slugged a team-best 1.000 and reached base 10 times en route to posting a team-high .769 on-base percentage.
In a 5-4 win against Minnesota, Panik scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. The shortstop then had the game-winning RBI double in a 2-1 win against Michigan. Panik reached base four times in four plate appearances against Illinois and scored the go-ahead run in a 6-4 win.
St. John's Sweeps Competition At Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge
St. John's posted a 3-0 record at the Big Ten-BIG EAST Challenge, helping the BIG EAST win the second annual competition, 17-13.
St. John's and Louisville were the only two teams to go unbeaten.
Among schools that have competed in both Challenges, St. John's and Ohio State lead the way with a 5-1 record.