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The Red Storm fall (hard) against Virginia; face elimination game tomorrow

The St. John's Red Storm just didn't have it in them yesterday afternoon. With both aces for Virginia and St. John's on the mound it looked like it would be a low scoring game. But the Cavs scorched St. Johns' Kyle Hansen (8-7) for 6 runs in 4.1 innings.

Danny Hultzen (11-3) shut down the Johnnies through 7 innings giving up only one run and striking out 12 in the 10-2 win for Virginia. But Hultzen didn't just shut down the Johnnies he also helped his cause going 2-3 from the plate with an RBI. Steven Proscia - who was one of the Virginia players to watch in the preview - was 3-5 with a home run and three RBIs.

Joe Panik went 2-4 with a solo home run while Kevin Grove went 1-3 with an RBI triple. The Storm just couldn't break through the Cavs with only 6 hits on the game. Stephen Rivera, who came on in relief of Hansen, had his scoreless streak snapped at 21.2 innings pitched when he game up a RBI single to Hultzen.

More on the fate of the team after the jump.

St. John's has to bounce back quickly as they take the field today at 1pm against East Carolina for the second time in three days. 

What the Red Storm need to keep advancing twoards the College World Series in Omaha for the first time since 1980 is this:

If St. John's beats ECU tomorrow at 1pm they will have to get right back out there and play Virginia again at 6pm tomorrow. If the Johnnies are able to win both games - which they did last year - they will force a winner take all game with Virginia Monday night at 6pm.

Probables for the Storm tomorrow are Brendan Lobban (6-2, 4.04) and/or Kevin Kilpatrick (4-3, 4.44)

Like always you can catch the games tomorrow on