SJU takes series over USF
by Kenneth B. Goldberg
May 09, 2012 | 6272 views | 0 0 comments | 116 116 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Jeremy Baltz scores the winning run.
The St. John’s baseball team took two out of three from University of Southern Florida, winning the rubber match with a walk-off hit on Sunday afternoon at Kaiser Field in Queens.

The USF Bulls lost the game in the bottom of the ninth when Frank Schwindel hit a single and drove in Jeremy Baltz for the game-winning run. The Johnnies were also helped by a two-run home run in the fourth inning by Danny Bethea. The Bulls had scored two runs in the top half of the frame to tie the game.

St. John’s starting pitcher Kyle Hanson went 7 innings and struck out eight in a strong performance despite giving up two runs. James Lomangino finished the game, getting the Bulls to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, putting an end of the scoring in the top of the ninth. St. Johns coach Ed Blankmeyer said

“We’ve got to keep winning two out of every series to be successful,” said Coach Ed Blankmeyer after the game.

The Red Storm now head to Kentucky to face Louisville. St. John’s, which had a slow start to its season, is now in first place in its division

Prior to the game, there was a ceremony for former St. John’s baseball coach Howie Gershberg. The bullpen at Kaiser Field is now named in his honor.

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