March 15, 2009
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Junior lefty Kevin Crimmel (Harrisburg, Pa.) pitched seven strong innings, redshirt freshman Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.) hit his first collegiate home run and Villanova (9-6) won for the seventh straight game on Sunday afternoon when it defeated St. Peter's (2-13) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Wildcats won all three games they played in this weekend's Villanova Baseball Bash to improve to 10-1 in the tournament's history.
Szczur had three hits and started a two-out rally that led to a run in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs and nobody on, he doubled down the left field line and eventually was forced in from third on a bases-loaded walk. Szczur also hit a solo home run to cap a three-run fourth inning, which also featured a run-scoring double from senior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) and an RBI-single by redshirt freshman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.).
While the offense produced more than enough runs for the pitching staff to work with, Crimmel (2-1, 3.86 ERA) went to work on the mound. He induced a groundball double play to end the first inning having faced the minimum three hitters. Crimmel then retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced in the second through fifth innings. The only run on his account came in the sixth inning when Conor Mullee singled Sean McFadden went from first to third to set up a sacrifice fly for Brandon Edwards.
Crimmel worked out of that inning and pitched the seventh as well, finishing with just five hits and the earned run allowed. He walked one, struck out three and won for the second straight start this week. Carver came in from first base to pitch the final two innings and allow just a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.
Senior Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) lifted sacrifice flies to center field to drive in the other two Wildcats runs in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively. Szczur finished 3-for-5 and added an infield hit in the bottom of the eighth inning, while senior Wes Borden (State College, Pa.) had two hits with a walk and a run scored. Koczirka finished 2-for-4 and batted .583 (7-for-12) in three games this weekend.
Meanwhile, Crimmel and Carver combined to allow only six hits to the Peacocks. Crimmel recorded 11 outs in the air and generated five groundballs, two of which turned into double plays in the first and seventh innings. Villanova won all five of its home games this week and allowed just one or two runs in three of the games.
Mullee and Edwards had two hits apiece for St. Peter's and Ethan Jackson (0-4, 7.88) was the losing pitcher. He went the first five innings for the Peacocks and allowed eight hits and five earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday at 3 p.m. when they visit Saint Joseph's in Norristown, Pa.