Big East Tourney Recap for Day 2

RutgersPic #9 Louisville 4 St. John’s 3 (Bottom 8)

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Jimmy Parque had a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run single in the eighth as St. John’s rallied back from a 4-2 deficit to defeat No.9 Louisville, 6-5. Parque was 2-for-4 with three RBI to lead St. John’s (38-18), while Matt Wessinger was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Matt Carasiti (7-4) tossed 0.2 innings of relief to earn the win, while Bruce Kern took a no-decision after 5.1 innings of work. Ryan Wright was 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Louisville (47-11).

After being set down in order in each of the first two innings, St. John’s took a 2-0 lead in the third. Paul Karmas led off the frame with a single through the left side, but was erased as Sean O’Hare reached first on a fielder’s choice. O’Hare moved to second on a passed ball before Joe Witkowski drew a walk to set up runners on first and second. Wessinger then lofted a two-out RBI single into center field, but the throw to third base bounced into the stands and another run scored on the play.

Louisville Recap
St. John’s Recap

 

Rutgers 6 #18 UConn 5

CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 27, 2010) – The sixth-seeded Rutgers baseball team plated six runs in the first four innings to earn a 6-5 victory over second-seeded Connecticut and advance to the semifinal round of the BIG EAST Baseball Championship Thursday afternoon at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

The Scarlet Knights posted their 18th 30-win season under head coach Fred Hill, improving to 30-24 overall with RU’s sixth consecutive win in the BIG EAST Tournament, dating back to 2007.  

The Scarlet Knights will have Friday off as they await an opponent in Saturday’s semifinal round. Connecticut and Pittsburgh will square off in an elimination game tomorrow with the winner facing RU on Saturday. Rutgers will advance to Sunday’s title game with a victory Saturday. The winner of the UConn-Pitt contest has to defeat Rutgers twice to eliminate the Scarlet Knights from the tournament. 

Rutgers Recap
UConn Recap

South Florida 10 West Virginia 5

CLEARWATER, Fla.--Win or go home.

That was the situation the University of South Florida baseball team (26-31) faced coming into Thursday’s elimination game against West Virginia at Bright House Field.

With an early 2-0 WVU lead, the Bulls survived to play another day as sophomore Todd Brazeal erased the Mountaineer lead with a three-run homer in the third inning and USF never looked back as starter Andrew Barbosa cruised on the mound en route to a 10-5 victory over the eighth-seeded Mountaineers.

South Florida Recap
West Virginia Recap

Pittsburgh 13 Cincinnati 4

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The University of Pittsburgh baseball team picked up its first win at the Big East Championship since 2005, knocking off No. 7-seeded Cincinnati, 13-4, here today at Bright House Field.

"I was pleased with our approach at the plate today," said 13th year head coach Joe Jordano. "We got an outstanding start from Matty [Iannazzo] and we played clean defensively. Cincinnati is solid and we beat a good team today."

Matt Iannazzo (11-2) picked up his 11th win of the season, scattering 13 hits over seven and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs while striking out four. For the second straight day a Panther pitcher recorded a career-high in pitches thrown, with Iannazzo matching Corey Baker’s 130 pitch count from yesterday.

Pittsburgh Recap
Cincinnati Recap