PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A week after winning its record seventh BIG EAST Baseball Championship, St. John’s went 3-0 and won the Chapel Hill Regional to advance to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional. The Red Storm will face Arizona, the winner of the Tucson Regional on June 8 or 9 in the first game of the best-of-three Super Regional. Louisville, the only other BIG EAST team to qualify for the NCAA Championship, went 2-2 in regional play and was eliminated after a 16-3 loss to Arizona on Sunday night.
St. John’s opened regional play Friday with an 11-3 victory over No. 2 regional seed East Carolina. The Red Storm’s offense recorded 16 hits, while pitcher Kyle Hansen had eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. On Saturday, catcher Danny Bethea hit a three-run walk-off home run as St. John’s erased a 4-2 ninth inning deficit to beat No. 1 regional seed and No. 6 national seed North Carolina. Red Storm pitcher Sean Hagan earned a no-decision after allowing four runs in 8.1 innings of work. On Sunday, St. John’s defeated North Carolina 9-5 in the championship round to win its first NCAA Regional since 1980 while securing the program’s first trip to the NCAA Super Regional.
Outfielder Jeremy Baltz was named the Chapel Hill Regional MVP. Baltz batted .400 (4-10) with two doubles, one home run, eight runs scored and a .900 slugging percentage. Six other members of the St. John’s team joined Baltz on the All-Tournament Team including, Bethea, Hansen, Sean O’Hare, Kyle Richardson, Frank Schwindel and Matt Wessinger.
Louisville opened regional play with a 3-2 victory over No. 2 regional seed New Mexico State on Friday afternoon. Pitcher Justin Amlung allowed one earned run in six innings of work. Relief pitcher Travis Tingle did not allow a hit and faced the minimum nine batters in a three-inning save. Facing No. 1 seed Arizona on Saturday, Louisville lost 16-4 to the Wildcats. Louisville returned to action on Sunday and registered an 11-3 elimination-game victory against No. 4 seed Missouri before falling again to Arizona 16-3. With the loss the Cardinals ended their season with a 41-22 record.
Dates, times and sites for the eight Super Regionals will be announced at approximately 11 p.m. ET Monday. All Super Regional games will be televised live by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The winners of the Super Regionals will advance to the 67th annual Men’s College World Series.