Kyle Hansen's Big Day; Baltz, Panik Lead Offense

by Dave B. in

St. John's Kyle Hansen (Yarmouth-Dennis) pitched a complete-game, 4-hit shutout in leading the Red Storm past Notre Dame, 6-0, in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday. Hansen struckout 15 and did not walk a batter. Even with the high strikeout total, Hansen only needed 114 pitches to get the job done. Hansen moved his record to 6-3 while lowering his ERA to 2.42. The win was his fifth in his last six starts. In 63.1 innings, Hansen has struckout 68 while issuing 23 walks. Opponents are hitting a miniscule .204 off him. Hansen has made 9 starts for St. John's. He picked up a save in his only other appearance.

Hansen received offensive support from some other players with Cape League ties. Jeremy Baltz (Falmouth) hit his third homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, to cap the scoring. Joe Panik (Y-D, '10) was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.

St. John's did all of their damage against Brian Dupra (Harwich, '08-'09; Hyannis, '10). Dupra's record dropped to 2-4 as he allowed all 6 runs (5 earned) on 11 hits and 2 walks in his 7 innings of work.

St. John's completed the sweep of the doubleheader by winning the second game, 4-1. Baltz finished the day 3 for 6 with the homer and 3 RBI while Panik ended the day 4 for 8 with two triples. Panik leads St. John's in batting with a .402 avg. while Baltz is second at .320. Baltz leads the team with 40 RBI while Panik is second with 32. With yesterday's performance, Panik became the 15th player in St. John's history to record 200 hits in his career.