March 25, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's baseball team has a unique BIG EAST series against Georgetown this weekend, traveling to the Nation's Capital for a pair of games before returning to New York to play the first-ever baseball game at the New York Mets brand new home, Citi Field. After the series opens at 3 p.m. on March 27, the teams will meet again at Shirley Povich Field at 1 p.m. on March 28 before departing for New York. The historic series finale has a 1:10 p.m. first pitch on March 29.
Stat Of The Week
40,106: The all-time NCAA baseball record for single game attendance. The record was set on March 11, 2004 as San Diego St. defeated Houston in the first game ever played at PETCO Park in San Diego, Calif. Citi Field has a capacity of 42,000 and the initial public offering of tickets sold out in 45 minutes.
Inside The Series With Georgetown
This will be the 50th meeting between the two schools in an all-time series that began in 1984. St. John's leads the series, 40-9, including a 21-4 mark in games played at Georgetown. The BIG EAST schools have not met since the Red Storm swept a 2007 series played at Georgetown. St. John's has won each of the past 10 meetings in the series, including three game sweeps from 2005-07.
Scouting The Hoyas
Georgetown enters the weekend with a 7-14 record, including a 1-2 mark in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas played Louisville, the preseason BIG EAST favorites, in the opening weekend of conference play and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Cardinals with a 5-4 win in the second game of the series.
Welcome Back To Flushing
St. John's use of the Mets home ballpark is not unprecedented. In 2000, the Red Storm played eight games at Shea Stadium while the current Jack Kaiser Stadium was being constructed on the St. John's campus. The Red Storm went 6-2 in those games.
Morris Named BIG EAST Player Of The Week
After helping the St. John's baseball team post a 4-1 record, including a three-game sweep of Villanova, Tim Morris has been named the BIG EAST Player of the Week. This is the first player of the week honor for Morris, who was named to the honor roll earlier this season and also once last year.
Morris batted a team-best .600 (12-for-20), posted a team-best .950 slugging percentage and added a home run and eight RBI. The junior had two-straight games in which he posted four hits and three RBI. Morris also added a team-best nine runs and tied for a team-best with four doubles on the week.
Among the BIG EAST leaders, Morris ranks second in batting average (.473), second in on-base percentage (.541) and is tied for second in hits (35). The junior is third in slugging percentage (.770), third in total bases (57) and tied for sixth in runs scored (27).
How Sweep It Is
With a sweep of Villanova, the Red Storm opened BIG EAST play with a sweep for the second-straight season and for the third time in the past four years. In 2008, en route to a second-straight regular season crown, St. John's swept Rutgers in the opening weekend of conference play. The Red Storm also swept Villanova to open BIG EAST play in 2006.
St. John's has belted out at least 10 hits in 13 of 18 games this year. The Red Storm collected a season-high 23 hits in a 19-7 win against Villanova on March 20 to open BIG EAST play. From March 15 to March 22, a six game stretch, St. John's had 99 hits (16.5 per game).