Wildcats Open Weekend with 14-3 Loss to No. 10 North Carolina State
Feb. 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - In the opening game of its second consecutive trip to the Raleigh area Villanova (0-2) was defeated by a final score of 14-3 by No. 10 North Carolina State (2-1) at Doak Field on Thursday afternoon. Junior right fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) had two doubles and a run scored while freshman third baseman Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.) drove in two runs in a game where nearly all of the scoring occurred in the first four innings.
It was a long day for the Wildcats, who left campus at 5 a.m. for a flight to North Carolina and were on the field for batting practice just a few hours after landing. Today's game against the Wolfpack was moved up from tomorrow's originally scheduled meeting due to a threat of bad weather heading into the weekend. The remainder of the schedule for the weekend, which includes games for Villanova against both La Salle and Wagner, has tentatively been set and will be announced later Thursday evening.
Update: Villanova is scheduled to play against Wagner at 11 a.m. on Friday with junior right-handed pitcher Pat Young (The Woodlands, Texas) on the mound. See additional schedule details at the bottom of this release.
Jones led off the top of the second inning with a double to deep center field, moved to third on a fly ball out and scored on an RBI groundout by senior left fielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.). That run trimmed the Wildcats deficit to 3-1 after North Carolina State scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
Senior starting pitcher Kevin MacLachlan (Matawan, N.J.) retired the Wolfpack in order in the bottom of the second inning but, after Villanova went down quietly in the top of the third, North Carolina State put the game out of reach with six runs in the third and five more in the bottom of the fourth inning.
After the fourth inning the only runs on the board for the rest of the game were in the top of the ninth inning when Jewitt singled down the left field line with the bases loaded to drive in two runs. Senior shortstop Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) also had a hit for the Wildcats, who combined for just five hits on the afternoon.
MacLachlan was charged with nine runs in 2 2/3 innings of work but just four of those runs were earned. Villanova committed five errors and the Wolfpack finished the day with 14 hits, including five doubles. Each of the nine starters in the North Carolina State lineup had at least one hit and one run scored.
"I really appreciated that Kevin and [sophomore pitcher] Jeff Courter went out there and pitched on a very long day with the travel and all that," Villanova head coach Joe Godri said. "I thought that they both competed extremely well and we didn't support them defensively."
In the later innings freshman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) and senior Matt Longfield (Miami, Fla.) combined to throw three hitless frames from the sixth through the eighth innings. Beermann struck out three over two innings and Longfield worked around a hit batter to pitch a scoreless bottom of the eighth.
"Max was outstanding in his outing today and Matt Longfield did a terrific job as well," Godri said. "We calmed things down over the final three innings and got a little bit of offense going in the ninth inning. Overall I was pleased with the way the team competed today and hopefully that will be a sign of good things for the remainder of the weekend."
Wolfpack starting pitcher Brad Stone made his collegiate debut and allowed one earned run over five innings to earn the win. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five while retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.
As of 7 p.m. on Thursday evening a tentative schedule had been set for the rest of the weekend. That schedule remains subject to change depending on weather conditions over the next three days. Further updates will be announced at Villanova.com and on Twitter (@VUBaseball) as they become available.
CURRENT WEEKEND SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
Friday, February 22
Villanova vs. Wagner - 11:00 AM
Saturday, February 23
North Carolina State vs. Wagner - Noon
Sunday, February 24
Wagner vs. Villanova - 11:00 AM