March 11, 2011
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - A single run that scored on an infield hit in the bottom of the first inning proved to be the most offense that Villanova (4-8) could muster on the day and the Wildcats lost a 5-1 decision to Mount St. Mary's (3-4) in the opening game of this weekend's Villanova Classic at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday afternoon. Junior starting pitcher Kyle McMyne (Old Forge, Pa.) provided another strong start for Villanova, allowing just two earned runs and striking out eight in seven innings of work.
Despite managing only seven hits in the game the Wildcats had chances to get their offense going, as the team counted three walks and three hit batsmen to put 13 runners on base during the game. Villanova had at least one batter reach base safely in every single inning but only two of its seven hits came with runners already on base. The team stranded 11 runners.
McMyne (2-2, 3.96 ERA) started and finished strong in his outing, striking out the first two batters of the game on called third strikes and later retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced with four more strikeouts in that stretch.
The only inning in which McMyne encountered real trouble was the top of the third, when a leadoff walk, bunt single and wild pitch put runners at second and third with nobody and leadoff hitter Tommy Flynn coming up. Flynn drove a ball into right field for a two-run single which gave the Mount a 2-1 lead, but McMyne worked out of further trouble with a pair of groundball outs after Flynn was caught stealing.
Mount St. Mary's never needed more than its one run lead but gradually scratched together single runs in the fifth, eighth and ninth innings to eventually create some breathing room in the late innings.
Junior right fielder Matt Fleishman (East Northport, N.Y.) and senior second baseman Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) had the best games offensively for the Wildcats, with three of the team's seven hits and a combined five teams reaching base safely. Fleishman went 2-for-5 with a single, double and RBI while Hall reached base three times on an infield hit, a walk and a hit by pitch.
Hall started the bottom of the first inning with a slow roller up the third base line for a hit. He moved up to second on a failed pickoff attempt and then advanced to third on the second sacrifice bunt of the season by junior shortstop Marlon Calbi (Montclair, N.J.). Fleishman was up next and dribbled a slow roller towards second base; Hall scored easily and Fleishman just beat the throw to first for a hit of his own.
Villanova threatened further with one run already in but, in a sign of things to come perhaps, stranded the bases loaded in the inning after a one-out single by senior third baseman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) and a two-out walk to freshman designated hitter Tyler Reich (Ocean City, N.J.).
Fleishman doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning but never advanced beyond second base, while junior catcher Adam Nelson (St. Joseph, Mo.) and junior center fielder Jordan Zech (Naples, Fla.) had singles in the sixth and eighth innings, respectively, that came after there were already two outs and nobody on.
Starting pitcher Vincent Molesky (1-0, 1.93 ERA) went seven innings for the Mount and allowed an earned run on six hits while issuing two walks, plunking three batters and striking out five. He turned the ball over to left-hander Karl Lamont, who pitched the final two innings for his first save of the year.
Flynn finished 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI for Mount St. Mary's while Brandon Scott had two hits and two runs scored.
Saturday will be the second day of action in the Villanova Classic, with the Wildcats set to face Iona at 1:15 p.m.
NOTES: Sophomore Matt Longfield (Miami, Fla.) and junior Julian Diaz (Trenton, N.J.) combined to register the final five outs of the game without allowing an earned run to score ... Both pitchers stranded two inherited runners on base ... An unearned run scored off Diaz in the ninth ... Villanova is 4-3 all-time in the Villanova Classic and 3-1 all-time against the Mount ... Junior lefthander Kyle Helisek (Cranberry Township, Pa.) pitches against Iona on Saturday afternoon.