Feb. 19, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In the finale of a three-game series Villanova (0-3) allowed runs in each of the first five innings and lost by a final score of 17-1 to No. 4 Arkansas (3-0) at Baum Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The game was halted during the bottom of the eighth inning due to the Wildcats travel plans back to Philadelphia, which resulted in there being a 4:15 p.m. curfew for the contest.
For the second time this weekend the Razorbacks put together a big first inning and led 4-0 after the opening frame. A pair of errors contributed to the Arkansas rally and a two-run home run in the inning by Sam Bates off of sophomore starting pitcher Max Almonte (Long Beach, N.Y.) scored the final two runs.
Villanova was shut down offensively through the first five innings by Razorbacks starter Barrett Astin (1-0), who walked three and struck out seven without allowing a hit. Senior left fielder Matt Fleishman (East Northport, N.Y.) singled with one out in the top of the sixth inning against reliever Trent Daniel for the Wildcats first hit.
Almonte (0-1) was charged with six hits and seven runs (six earned) in two-plus innings of work and he was followed by four relievers who went the rest of the way. Freshmen right-handers Tyler Radtke (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and JB Kole (Basking Ridge, N.J.) had the two best performances on the mound in the game for the Wildcats and combined to allow three runs over the final 4 1/3 innings of the contest.
Fleishman hit safely in all three games of the series and in Sunday's contest Villanova also got hits from sophomore Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) and seniors Jordan Zech (Naples, Fla.) and Andrew Geenen (Portola Valley, Calif.).
Three different hitters had three hits apiece for Arkansas, which totaled 17 hits in the game and got a two-run home run from Matt Wise on the final pitch of the game just before the game reached its time limit.
Next up for the Wildcats is a three-game series at Norfolk State next weekend. The series runs from Friday through Sunday and first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. each day.