After losing five of seven in the south, the St. John’s baseball team returned home wanting to make a point. With a jolt from the bats, the Red Storm dominated their home stand last week. With three offensive explosions, they won three of their four games on last week’s homestand, outscoring opponents 42-21.
St. John’s (11-6) smashed three home runs en route to a 16-5 blowout against Fairfield on Wednesday. In the seventh inning, the Red Storm exploded for nine runs. Joe Panik and Jeremy Baltz each hit a home run and had three runs RBI. Three other players had two RBI apiece.
Starting pitcher Eddie Medina allowed only one hit and two runs in 5.0 innings of work.
After attaining an early 2-0 lead, the Red Storm broke the game open in the third inning. After sending seven men to the plate, they scored four runs, increasing their lead to 6-0.
The bats were too silent early on to win the opening game of the Albany series on Friday, as St. John’s fell 9-6. After a triple in the third inning with the score tied, Albany (1-11) retired 12 of the next 13 St. John’s batters. By the seventh inning, they had to dig out of a 7-2 hole. Scott Ferrara and Baltz both had three hits apiece, while Jimmy Parque added two RBI. Karmas and Case both added an RBI.
The bats returned in full force the next day. Eight players registered multi-hit games as St. John’s beat Albany 18-8 to even up the series. Paul Karmas had a game-high seven RBI, Greg Hopkins had four, and Baltz put in three. The game was never in doubt, as the Red Storm led 8-1 at the end of the second inning.
The Red Storm broke the game early in the second, scoring five more runs and taking the 8-1 lead. Two-run singles by Hopkins and Baltz ignited the inning.
Freshman starting pitcher Kyle Hansen closed out the series on Sunday afternoon, allowing just two runs in six innings in an 8-2 win against Albany. Hansen did not allow a run after the first inning. Miguel Valcarcel hit his first-career home run and Hopkins drove in two RBI.
In the fifth inning, Karmas started the inning with a single. Baltz later drew a walk. With runners on the corner, Valcarcel smashed a fastball to left field.
St. John’s will make up for their game against Columbia, which was scheduled yesterday afternoon, today at Kaiser Field at 3 p.m. The Red Storm have won six straight series against the Ivy League school.