Blankmeyer Releases BIG EAST Portion Of 2012 Schedule|
Sept. 2, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's head baseball coach Ed Blankmeyer has not yet finalized the entire schedule for the upcoming season, but has announced the BIG EAST portion of his squad's 2012 slate. The nine series, 27-game conference itinerary includes three-game sets at home against 2011 NCAA Super Regional squad Connecticut and defending BIG EAST Tournament champion Seton Hall as well as road trips to Notre Dame and Louisville.
St. John's opens BIG EAST play on the road, traveling to Villanova (March 23-25) for the first of five conference road trips.
The Red Storm then welcomes West Virginia to Kaiser Stadium (March 30-April 1) before heading to New Jersey to take on local rival Rutgers (April 5-7).
A home series with Connecticut (April 13-15) precedes two-straight road trips as St. John's heads to Cincinnati (April 20-22) and Notre Dame (April 27-29).
After welcoming USF (May 4-6) to Kaiser Stadium, St. John's heads to Louisville (May 11-13) before hosting Seton Hall (May 17-19), the defending BIG EAST Tournament champions, to conclude the regular season.
The 2012 BIG EAST Tournament, scheduled for May 23-27, will once again take place in Clearwater, Fla., at Bright House Field.
St. John's went 36-22 in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 33rd time in program history, a total that ranks tied for eighth all-time. Led by Blankmeyer, who became the all-time winningest coach in BIG EAST play with a conference win against Pittsburgh on May 6, the Red Storm reached the BIG EAST Championship Finals for the second-straight season. All-American shortstop, Brooks Wallace Award Finalist and first team All-BIG EAST honoree Joe Panik was selected in the first round (29th overall) of the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, the highest Red Storm draftee since 2005. Panik was one of four St. John's players to earn All-BIG EAST honors, a group that included a conference-best three first team selections.