Long Fifth Inning Stretches Margin in Wildcats Loss to North Carolina State
March 4, 2009
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Villanova (2-6) came up against a North Carolina State (6-2) squad ready to get back on the field after having an entire weekend washed out by bad weather and the Wildcats lost by a 15-0 margin on Wednesday afternoon at the Santaluces Sports Complex. The Wolfpack scored 10 runs with two outs in the fifth inning in what had been a close game until that frame.
Redshirt freshman Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.) and freshman Marlon Calbi (Montclair, N.J.) had two hits apiece for Villanova, which loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning and with one out in the fifth inning. The Wildcats registered all seven of their hits in the first five innings of the contest before North Carolina State pitching set down the team's final 13 hitters.
After the Wolfpack plated two runs on Chris Schaeffer's triple in the bottom of the second inning, redshirt freshman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) walked to lead off the top of the third inning. Calbi followed with a single through the left side and senior Wesley Borden (State College, Pa.) was hit by a pitch with two outs to load the bases. Zac Sinclair got a strikeout to end the inning in his first career start for North Carolina State however, and wound up going five scoreless innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
In the fifth inning, Calbi and Szczur singled with one out ahead of a walk to junior Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.) but Sinclair induced a double play groundball to escape the jam and emerge from the inning unscathed.
Villanova junior Kevin Crimmel (Harrisburg, Pa.) made his first start of the season after a pair of relief appearances and struck out a career-high seven batters in 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with four earned runs on eight hits in his outing. Freshman Christian Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in his collegiate debut and senior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) allowed one earned run while striking out three in two innings.
Schaeffer drove in five runs and Andrew Ciencin and Kyle Wilson each drove in four runs for the Wolfpack, who hit four home runs and finished with 14 hits. The 10 strikeouts for Villanova pitching were a season high.
The Wildcats play Akron on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.