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.
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).