April 26, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut baseball team gave up 11 runs in the first three innings as St. John's went on to win the BIG EAST Conference match-up 13-4 at J.O. Christian Field on Sunday afternoon.
UConn drops to 22-20 on the year and 8-10 in BIG EAST action with the conference loss as St. John's moves to 24-14 overall and 12-6 in the BIG EAST.
UConn starting hurler, Greg Nappo retired the first four batters faced, while striking out three before St. John's rattled off seven hits, while scoring six runs to take control of the ballgame.
Dale Brannon recorded the game's first hit with a single up the middle with one out then advanced to second on a Matt Burnett single through the right side of the infield. St. John's starting pitcher, Nick Cenatiempo made a great grab on a line drive from UConn freshman George Springer as the righty starter was able to throw to second and get Brannon caught in the double play to end the inning.
Joe Panik picked up the Red Storm's first hit of the ballgame before an infield single put runners on first and second with just one out. Gino Matias hit a double down the left field line to give the Red Storm the first lead of the game as both Panik and Matt Wessinger scored on the play. Matias was able to advance to third on a passed ball before scoring St. John's third run on a suicide squeeze play.
Tim Morris gave St. John's a 5-0 lead with his team-leading 10th homerun of the season. Paul Karmas followed Morris with his eighth double of the year before scoring on a Wessinger base hit to put the Red Storm up 6-0.
Nappo left the game after 2.1 innings of work as he allowed seven hits and eight runs, four of which were earned, while striking out four batters. Bob Van Woert took the hill and gave up two hits, three runs, a walk and a hit batter in 0.1 of work before freshman Kevin Vance came into the game for his second appearance of the year.
Vance entered the game with a runner on second base and two outs with the score 11-0 in St. John's favor. A wild pitch moved Jimmy Parque to third before a four-pitch walk gave Morris a free ride to first. Vance was able to get out of trouble as Karmas fouled out to Mike Nemeth to end the inning.
Springer led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the left field line to begin an early rally for the Huskies. A base hit just out of the reach of St. John's Scott Ferrara put runners on the corners for UConn before sophomore Joe Pavone hit a sacrifice fly to right field to put UConn on the board as Springer scored to cut the St. John's lead to 10 runs.
UConn ran into some trouble in the top of the fifth inning as St. John's loaded the bases with no outs on three hits. A sacrifice fly by Parque gave the Red Storm their 12th run of the game before junior Trent DeLazzer took the hill for the Huskies.
Vance left the game after allowing three hits and one run in 1.2 innings. DeLazzer came into the game with two on and one out as he struck out both Morris and Karmas to end the inning for the Huskies.
UConn put runners on with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning as Brannon grounded into a double play to third base. On the play, sophomore Pierre LePage scored to cut the lead back to 10 at 12-2. Back-to-back walks to Burnett and Springer put runners on first and second for junior Peter Fatse but a nice play up the middle by St. John's shortstop, Matias got the force out at second to close out the inning.
St. John's scored their 13th run of the game in the sixth inning as an error on the UConn infield allowed Wessinger to score to put his team up 13-2. Two consecutive fielding errors by Matias at short followed by a base hit by freshman Nick Ahmed loaded the bases for the Huskies with no outs. A groundout by LePage gave UConn its third run of the game as Nemeth crossed the plate for the Huskies.
Sophomore Dan Mahoney came into the contest for the Huskies in the seventh and after allowing a leadoff double to Parque, Mahoney was able to retire the following three batters to end the first half of the inning.
St. John's made their first pitching change in the bottom of the seventh after Cenatiempo allowed a leadoff walk to Burnett. Eddie Medina came in for Cenatiempo as he allowed the Huskies to score their fourth run of the ballgame as Burnett scored on a Nemeth single to right field.
Dennis Accomando took the mound in the top of the ninth after Mahoney went two innings, allowing two hits and no runs. Accomando struck out one as he retired the side.
The Huskies threw six pitchers in today's contest as Nappo earned the loss, dropping his record on the year to 2-4. St. John's Cenatiempo was awarded the win as he allowed just three runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work.
UConn will next travel to Northeastern on Monday, April 27. The non-conference battle is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. The Huskies' game against Rhode Island, which was played on Wednesday, April 22 and taped on delay, will be televised on Cox Sports Television tonight, Sunday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.
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