CLEARWATER, Fla.–Looks like we’re in for a long game here at Jack Russell Stadium. The first inning took one hour, five minutes as St. John’s jumped on touted Iowa sophomore righthander Zach Kenyon and pushed across 12 runs on 10 hits. Leadoff man Brian Kemp and No. 2 hitter Tim Morris each went 2-for-2 in the first, while Morris and Joe Panik each drove in three runs in the frame. Kemp, in particular, looked terrific, starting the game off with a double to the left-center-field gap, then adding a smoked line drive through the middle in his next at-bat, then stealing second base easily. Kemp is a premier athlete with plus-plus speed, and if he keeps hitting the ball this hard, he could jump into the first two rounds of the draft. He should go safely in the three-to-five-rounds range anyhow.
Iowa fought back with two runs in the top of the second, but St. John’s still leads 12-2. I plan to head over to Bright House Field for the Michigan-Cincinnati game long before this one reaches its grisly end.
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