St. John's Defeats Virginia in Regional Opener

June 3, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - St. John's came away with a 5-3 victory over Virginia in the opening round of the NCAA Corvallis Regional Friday. St. John's (40-16) closer Craig Hansen stepped into the starting role for the first time since 2003 and went seven strong innings, yielding three runs on eight hits. St. John's shortstop P.J. Antoniato paced the team with two hits and three RBIs.

Scoreless through two and half innings, the Cavaliers (41-19) struck first in the bottom of the third when Sean Doolittle doubled to right center, scoring two. St. John's then took a 3-2 advantage in the top of the fifth after four consecutive base hits.

In the bottom of the fifth, UVA's Ryan Zimmerman notched the score 3-3 with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Tim Henry. In the top of the sixth, SJU fired back with four more consecutive singles, leading to two runs and a 5-3 Red Storm lead.

Virginia pitcher Matt Avery started the game, giving up three runs on five hits. Dootlittle (3-2) relieved Avery in the fifth, surrendering two runs and taking the loss.

Hansen came into today's game with 14 saves on the season, but due to injuries, was vaulted into the starting role. The 6-foot-6 junior improved to 3-2 on the year.

In the eighth, St. John's turned to its bullpen, which combined for no hits and no runs the final three innings to help preserve the win for the Red Storm.

St. John's will face the winner of Oregon State vs. Ohio State tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Goss Stadium. Virginia will face the loser tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Game 1St. John's	0-0-0	0-3-2	0-0-0	5-11-0Virginia		0-0-2	0-1-0	0-0-0	3-8-0

Hansen, Lally (8), Muir (8), Sullivan (9) and Burke; Avery, Doolittle (5), Morgenthaler (6), Lambert (9) and Headd

WP - Hansen (3-2) LP -- Doolittle (3-2) S - Sullivan (2)

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