Wildcats Fall to Central Michigan, 13-3
March 3, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - In the last of its three games at the Snowbird Baseball Classic this weekend Villanova (2-7) allowed six runs in the fifth inning and lost to Central Michigan (4-8) by a final score of 13-3 at North Charlotte Regional Park on Sunday morning. The big inning by the Chippewas in the top of the fifth put what had been a back-and-forth game out of reach and neither team scored the rest of the way.
Senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) had a hand in all three of the Wildcats runs. He led off the bottom of the second inning with a double and later scored when sophomore first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) to drive in the first Villanova run. Jones also had a two-run triple in the bottom of the third inning.
Central Michigan plated three unearned runs in the top of the first inning to jump out to an early lead. In the third inning Nick Regnier and Logan Regnier each singled and came around to score on a passed ball and a fielding error, respectively. Their two unearned runs extended the Chippewas lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the third Central Michigan starting pitcher Adam Aldred (1-2, 3.10 ERA) retired the first two batters but freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) reached on an error to extend the inning. Sophomore designated hitter Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.) singled and Jones narrowed the Wildcats deficit to 5-3 with his second triple this season and the fourth of his career.
Junior starting pitcher JB Kole (Basking Ridge, N.J.) struck out four while allowing six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was charged with seven runs allowed, although just two of those were earned. Kole (0-2, 10.80 ERA) walked Morgan Oliver to start the fourth inning and allowed an RBI single to Pat MacKenzie with one out. Nick Regnier reached on a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning but stole both second and third ahead of an RBI single by Cody Leichman which came after Kole had left the game.
Villanova used 23 different players in the game, including four pitchers during the 11-batter fifth inning. The teams had gotten an early start with a 10:30 a.m. first pitch after the Wildcats played an 11-inning, four-plus hour marathon and used 22 players against Boston College on Saturday afternoon.
Jones and Beermann had two hits apiece against the Chippewas, while Jewitt and freshman third baseman Brian Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y.) also had hits. Villanova was outhit by Central Michigan by a 15-6 margin.
Aldred allowed six hits and three runs (one earned) in seven innings of work while walking none and striking out eight.
Two more games remain for the Wildcats on their trip to Florida. Villanova will take on Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday, with first pitch each night scheduled for 6 p.m.