Feb. 27, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - In the final game of a three-game series, Villanova (2-4) scored single runs each inning from the sixth through the eighth but fell by a score of 13-3 as Duke (7-1) completed a three-game sweep at Jack Coombs Field on Sunday afternoon. Junior right fielder Matt Fleishman (East Northport, N.Y.) hit his first home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning.
Unlike the first two games of the series, the Blue Devils were able to get their offense going in the early innings. Duke plated three runs after there were two outs in the bottom of the first inning and then erupted for a seven-run output in the home half of the third inning to build a commanding 10-0 lead.
Fleishman went 2-for-3 and led off the sixth inning by hitting the first Wildcats home run of the season over the fence in left-center field. He was the only player from either team to hit a home run during the series and on Sunday was the only Villanova hitter with more than one hit in the game.
In the top of the seventh inning, there were two outs and nobody on when junior Jordan Zech (Naples, Fla.) tripled down the right field line. Sophomore outfielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.) followed with a single to plate the second run of the game for the Wildcats, who had not scored in three straight innings since the last three innings of last Sunday's game at Norfolk State.
Freshman outfielder Justin Henderson (Cary, Ill.) made his collegiate debut pinch hitting for Fleishman leading off the eighth inning and worked the count full before drawing a walk. Pinch hitter Tyler Reich (Ocean City, N.J.) followed with a single and to move Henderson to third and freshman second baseman Michael Erb (Camarillo, N.J.) reached on a fielder's choice to bring in the third Villanova run.
Most of the game's offense came from the Blue Devils, however, as Duke racked up 20 hits and finished the day with five doubles and a triple. Freshman starting pitcher Matt Lengel (Devon, Pa.) was charged with eight hits and six earned runs in the first 2 1/3 innings, while walking one and striking out two. In the bottom of the first inning, Lengel (0-1, 11.81 ERA) registered a fly out and strikeout around a one-out single before the Blue Devils rallied to put three runs on the board.
Sophomore reliever Stephen Ostapeck (Sacramento, Calif.) logged the longest outing of his Wildcats career by tossing four innings of relief from the fourth through the seventh innings. He scattered seven hits but allowed just one earned run and did not walk a batter while striking out one. Sophomore left-hander Matt Longfield (Miami, Fla.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Anthony D'Alessandro went 5-for-5 for Duke and Jordan Betts drove in four runs.
Starting pitcher Dennis O'Grady (2-0, 0.69 ERA) allowed a run on three hits over six innings pitched and also gave up four walks with five strikeouts. Three relievers pitched one inning apiece to close out the game and Villanova added two of its three runs against the Blue Devils bullpen.
This weekend's series kicked off a seven-game swing through North Carolina for the Wildcats, who return to action on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. with a game at North Carolina Central. The Eagles play their home games at Durham Athletic Park, the historic former home of the minor league Durham Bulls.