First Place St. John's Heads To No. 22 Louisville For BIG EAST Series

All-time Hit King Matt Wessinger ranks second in runs scored, just one shy of tying the record.

May 9, 2012

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - After winning a series against USF to conclude a 3-1 homestand, St. John's (31-17, 16-5), which holds a two-game lead atop the BIG EAST standings and counts two road sweeps among its seven-straight conference series wins this season, heads to No. 22 Louisville (33-16, 14-7) for a three-game BIG EAST series that includes one televised contest on ESPNU. The Red Storm and Cardinals open the series with a 6 p.m. game on May 11 before an 11:30 a.m. contest on May 12 that airs on ESPNU with Mike Gleason and Kyle Peterson, a three-time All-American at Stanford, on the call. The series concludes with a 1 p.m. game on May 13.

    Leading Off

  • After hitting at just a .210 clip in the first nine games (3-6), the Red Storm is batting .300 in the past 39 games (28-11).
  • The pitching staff has posted a 2.54 ERA in the past 16 games (13-3), including just a 2.19 ERA in the past 12 games (10-2).
  • St. John's batters lead the conference in walks (219), while also having the second fewest strikeouts (254)
  • Already the all-time hit king with 256, Matt Wessinger also ranks second all-time in runs scored (182), third in doubles (57), fourth in RBI (169) and tenth in home runs (20).


    Inside The Series With Louisville
  • St. John's and Louisville have met 19 times in a series that dates back to 2005.
  • The Red Storm leads the series 12-7, including a 3-3 mark in road games.
  • St. John's went 4-1 against Louisville in 2011, notching a regular season sweep and splitting a pair of games in the BIG EAST Tournament.

    Scouting The Cardinals

  • Louisville is 33-16 on the year, including a 14-7 record in BIG EAST play after taking two-of-three games against West Virginia.
  • Ty Young leads the offense with a .347 average and adds six home runs and 34 RBI to go with a team-best .571 slugging percentage.
  • Stewart Ijames leads the team in both home runs (11) and RBI (52), while Cole Sturgeon has 34 RBI and Jeff Gardner adds 33.
  • The pitching staff has a 3.33 ERA and allows just a .239 opponent average.
  • Justin Amlung (7-3, 2.16) paces the rotation, while Derek Self (1-2, 3.12) leads the charge out of the bullpen with seven saves.

    O'Hare Nabs BIG EAST Player Of The Week Honors

  • After helping lead St. John's to a 3-1 week, including a series win against USF, Sean O'Hare was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week.
  • The weekly accolade is the second of the season for the third baseman, who was also named to the weekly honor roll for the week ending March 18.
  • O'Hare batted .583 (7-for-12) with five runs scored, two doubles and a team-high six RBI. The junior also totaled three multi-hit games to go along with a .750 slugging percentage and a .643 on-base percentage.

    Walk-Off Win No. 3: Schwindel Single In Ninth Gives St. John's Series Win Against USF

  • Frank Schwindel provided the heroics with a walk-off single in the ninth inning as St. John's won in walk-off fashion for the third time this season with a series-clinching 5-4 win in the finale against USF (May 6).
  • Schwindel joins Sean O'Hare and Matt Wessinger as this season's walk-off heroes. O'Hare lifted a ninth inning sacrifice fly for a 7-6 win against West Virginia (March 30), while Wessinger launched a two-run home run in the 10th inning for an 11-9 win against Northern Illinois (Feb. 25).
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