April 24, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - St. John's scored six runs in three innings to defeat the University of Connecticut baseball team 8-5 in BIG EAST Conference action at J.O. Christian Field on Friday afternoon.
UConn and the Red Storm battled at the plate, combining for 28 hits and 13 runs as the Huskies' overall record falls to 22-18 on the year. With the loss the Huskies' BIG EAST record evens out to 8-8 in the conference.
The Red Storm (22-14, 10-6 BIG EAST) scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 7-5 lead then added another run in the top of the ninth to clinch the victory.
St. John's Paul Karmas and UConn's Peter Fatse each recorded homeruns in today's contest, while Fatse's blast in the third inning gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead early on in the ballgame. St. John's answered back immediately with two runs in the fourth then with Karmas' shot in the fifth, the Red Storm went on top 5-4 midway through the game.
George Springer gave the Huskies the first lead of the ballgame as he doubled to deep centerfield to score senior Dale Brannon from second base. Brannon earned his way on base with the Huskies' first hit of the game on a single to centerfield.
St. John's wasted no time once again and tied the game at one in the top of the second inning as Karmas scored on a Danny Benedetti groundout to second.
In the bottom of the second inning, Joe Pavone hit a line drive into centerfield before two fielding errors by St. John's Joe Panik loaded the bases with one out. The Huskies couldn't capitalize on the Red Storm errors as freshman Nick Ahmed grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Huskies entered the bottom of the ninth inning down three runs and threatened the Red Storm defense as Peter Fatse earned his way on base with a walk but their rally was cut short as Ryan Cole forced a groundout and struck out one batter before Benedetti picked off Fatse at first base to end the game. Cole came into the game with one out and two on in the eighth and closed out the contest for the Red Storm for his second save of the season.
UConn starter, John Folino allowed 11 hits and six runs in 5.0 innings of work as he took the loss for his third of the year as his record drops to 5-3. Freshman Matt Barnes threw 4.0 innings as he allowed four hits, two runs; one of which was earned, and two walks.
Brannon led the Huskies in today's game as he finished 4-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored. Springer, Fatse and Pavone added two hits a piece, while Fatse chipped in with two RBI and two runs scored. His homerun in the third was his sixth of the season.
UConn will take on St. John's in game two of the three-game series on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. at J.O. Christian Field. Game three of the series will be on Sunday, April 26 at noon.