DUNEDIN, Fla.—Seth Rosin is huge (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) and has big-time arm strength, but he's far from a finished product. After sitting at 91-93 and touching 94 mph in a scoreless first, Rosin settled into the 88-91 range in the next two innings, topping out at 92. St. John's has had little trouble squaring up the diminished fastball; freshman left fielder Jeremy Baltz put the Red Storm ahead 1-0 with a solo homer to center in the second on a 90 mph heater. And Rosin's slurvy slider has not fooled anyone today; he gave up three hits on the slider in St. John's three-run third inning, highlighted by Joe Panik's RBI triple. The inning could have been worse if not for two sensational diving catches by center fielder Justin Gominsky—one charging in on a sinking liner, and one laying out on a drive to the right-center-field gap to end the inning. Rosin has given up eight hits while striking out three through four innings of work, and it is now 4-0 St. John's in the bottom of the fourth.
Of course, it's early in the season. Rosin will undoubtedly hold his velocity better and improve his breaking ball as the season progresses. Also, give St. John's credit—that is a good offensive club.
The Johnnies, meanwhile, have gotten a strong start thus far from righthander Bruce Kern. The wily Kern has kept a good-hitting Minnesota team scoreless on one hit through three innings by mixing an 88-90 mph fastball, a solid 75-78 breaking ball and an occasional low-80s changeup.
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