St. John's Opens Four-Game Homestand Against ACC Squad Maryland

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Pat Talbut is batting .375 during his current six-game hitting streak.

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Pat Talbut is batting .375 during his current six-game hitting streak.
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March 27, 2012

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - Winners of nine of the past 10 games, St. John's (13-10), which won two-of-three games in a series at Villanova to open BIG EAST play, returns home and begins a brief four-game homestand with a non-conference midweek game against Maryland (16-9). The Red Storm and Terrapins take to the field at 3 p.m. on March 28.

    Leading Off

  • The Terrapins are the second of three ACC schools on the regular season schedule. The Red Storm was defeated by then-No. 6 UNC (Feb. 28) and will play Boston College (April 24) in a neutral site game at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn.
  • After hitting at just a .210 clip in the first nine games (3-6), the Red Storm is batting .290 in the past 14 games (10-4) and .304 in the past 10 games (9-1).
  • With a solo home run against NYIT (March 20), Jeremy Baltz now has 34 home runs in his career and is just one round-tripper shy of tying the school-record of 35 shared by Robert Lambraia and Chris Fallon.
  • Matt Wessinger continues to move up the list in the all-time hits category and now ranks eighth with 225. Next up on the list: Charlie Bilezikjian with 232.

    Inside The Series With Maryland

  • This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
  • The teams were scheduled to meet for the first time last season on March 23, but rain forced the cancellation of the midweek game.

    Scouting The Terrapins

  • Maryland is 16-9 on the year after going 1-2 in an ACC series at Miami. The Terrapins opened the season with nine-straight wins.
  • The only player batting better than .300, KJ Hockaday has a .337 average and 12 RBI.
  • Tim Kiene leads the team with three home runs and has 10 RBI, while Alfredo Rodriguez leads the squad with 15 RBI.
  • The pitching staff, which has tossed six shutouts on the year, has a 2.66 ERA and allows just a .231 opponent batting average.
  • Brett Harman (4-1, 1.88) leads the rotation, while Jimmy Reed (0-0, 0.00) has yet to allow a run in 14.1 innings of work in a team-high 12 appearances out of the bullpen.
     

     

    Wessinger Nabs Spot On BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
  • After helping St. John's to a 4-1 week, including a series win against Villanova to open BIG EAST play, Matt Wessinger has been named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
  • The shortstop led the Red Storm in nearly every offensive category, posting a team-high .450 (9-for-20) average with one double, a team-best three home runs and a team-leading 10 RBI. Wessinger led the team with a .950 slugging percentage, posted a team-high .560 on-base percentage, tied for a team-high with eight runs and stole a team-best four bases.
  • Wessinger, who homered in three-straight games during the week and also finished a triple shy of the cycle as part of a four-hit day against the Wildcats, totaled three multi-hit games as well as a trio of three-RBI games.

    Wessinger Homers In Three-Straight Games

  • Senior Matt Wessinger homered for the third-consecutive game with a solo blast in the first inning of a game one win in a doubleheader against Villanova (March 24).
  • Wessinger had a three-run homer in the ninth inning of a series-opening win against Villanova (March 23), which marked his second-straight game with a three-run home run after also blasting a three-run shot in the fifth inning of a win against LIU (March 21).
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