March 27, 2013
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QUEENS, N.Y. -
After rallying for six runs in the top of the 12th inning to notch a 7-1 win against Stony Brook in a game played at Citi Field, St. John's (8-14, 0-3) returns home and hosts Cincinnati (8-13, 0-3) for an Easter Weekend three-game BIG EAST series that will air in its entirety on ESPN3. The teams will take to the field for a noon doubleheader on March 28 before concluding the series with a 1 p.m. game on March 30.
After posting just a .204 batting average through the first 11 games (1-10) of the season, St. John's has batted .317 in the past 11 games (7-4).
The St. John's pitching staff is comprised of 10 freshmen, an amount that is tied for the third-most among the 298 Division I baseball programs. Those freshman arms have made 10-of-22 starts this season and have combined to toss 115.2-of-191.1 innings (60.5 percent).
The Red Storm leads the BIG EAST with 51 doubles, while Martin Kelly and Frank Schwindel are both tied for the league-lead with nine doubles. Zach Lauricella and Sean O'Hare are tied for fifth in the league with eight doubles.
Head coach Ed Blankmeyer enters the weekend with 597 career wins, just 15 shy of becoming the winningest coach in St. John's baseball history.
The Last Meeting
April 22, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio (Marge Schott Stadium)
Inside The Series With Cincinnati
St. John's and Cincinnati have met 20 times in an all-time series that dates back to 2006.
The Red Storm leads the series 14-6 and has won nine-straight games against the Bearcats since the 2010 season.
St. John's swept a three-game series against Cincinnati on the road last season and won four games in 2011, including a regular season sweep and a BIG EAST Tournament win.
The Red Storm took two-of-three games in a 2010 series after losing the opener on April 16, the last St. John's loss in the series.
Scouting The Bearcats
Cincinnati is 8-13 on the year after notching a 4-1 midweek against Ohio. The Bearcats were swept by USF last weekend to open BIG EAST action.
Justin Glass leads the team with a .349 batting average and also has a team-high 18 RBI, while Devin Wenzel has a team-best three home runs to go with 15 RBI.
Ian Happ is tied atop the BIG EAST leaders with nine doubles and also paces the team with a .486 slugging percentage and 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts.
The Bearcats have swiped 40 bases, fourth in the BIG EAST, in 48 attempts.
The pitching staff has a 4.62 ERA and has totaled 151 strikeouts in 183.0 innings.
Connor Walsh (1-0, 3.58) paces the weekend rotation and has 22 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work spanning six starts.
Thomas Gentile (1-0, 5.19) has made a team-high nine appearances, while Andrew Strenge (1-3, 6.43) leads the team with three saves.
St. John's Rallies For Six Runs In 12th Inning To Defeat Stony Brook In Return To Citi Field
St. John's made its return to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and rallied for six runs in the 12th inning to notch a 7-1 win against Stony Brook (March 26).
St. John's was making its first appearance at Citi Field since playing against Georgetown in front of 22,397 fans, the eighth-largest crowd all-time for a regular season NCAA baseball game, in the inaugural game at the ballpark on March 29, 2009.
Freshmen Combine To Work All 12.0 Innings In 7-1 Win Against Stony Brook
Four freshmen pitchers combined to work all 12.0 innings in a 7-1 win against Stony Brook (March 26), the second-straight game and second time this season that freshmen have combined to work an entire game.
Starter Mike Sheppard III allowed one run in 5.0 innings of work before Alex Katz tossed 2.2 scoreless frames. Thomas Hackimer added 1.1 scoreless innings before Joey Christopher worked 3.0 shutout innings to earn his first-career win.
Three freshman pitchers combined to work all 9.0 innings for St. John's in an 11-2 loss to Pittsburgh (March 24).