CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sean Hagan tossed 7.1 innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts helping third-seed St. John's (36-20) to a 2-0 win over No. 2 seed East Carolina (39-20) in game two of the Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field.
With the loss the Pirates will turnaround and face fourth-seed Navy in the elimination game on Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m., while the Red Storm will take on top seed and No. 1 national seed Virginia at 6 p.m. in the winner's bracket.
A run in the each of the third and fourth innings was all the Red Storm needed, as Hagan and Matt Carasiti combined for the shutout. The teams combined for 19 hits - all singles. Both teams left 12 runners on base.
Hagan scattered nine hits during his 7.1 scoreless innings to pick up the win and improve to 7-2 on the season. Carasiti tossed the final 1.2 innings, earning his eighth save of the season.
Pirate starter Mike Wright (6-4) took the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and four walks over eight innings. Seth Simmons gave up a pair of hits in a scoreless ninth inning with two punch outs.
Jimmy Brennan led the Red Storm offensively, going 3-for-5 and driving in one of the two St. John's runs. Ben Fultz and Chase McDonald had two hits each to lead the Pirates.
St. John's took the lead in the top of the third on Brennan's RBI single up the middle that scored Paul Karmas, who drew a leadoff walk. Karmas advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on Brennan's second base hit of the contest.
One inning later the Red Storm added to their lead, 2-0, when Jeremy Baltz scored on Kevin Groves' bases loaded sac fly to right field.
East Carolina tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth, when they had runners on second and third with one out, but Carasiti came in and retired John Wooten (strikeout) and McDonald (flyout) to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the ninth ECU threatened again putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Carasiti got Trent Whitehead to ground out to short ending the game.
St. John's shut out East Carolina 2-0 in the first round of the Charlottesville regional in the NCAA Tournament Friday night.
The Pirates registered 10 hits but couldn't push a run across against Red Storm pitchers Sean Hagan and Matt Carisiti.
Mike Wright went eight complete innings for ECU while surrendering two earned runs on seven hits.
St. John's scored in the top of third on an RBI single and in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly.
East Carolina will now face Navy Saturday at 1 pm in an elimination game.
St. John's will face Virginia Saturday at 6 pm.
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