Wildcats Drop Series Finale to Northeastern, 4-1
March 23, 2014
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Despite another strong pitching outing from freshman lefty Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Villanova (7-14) was defeated by a final score of 4-1 by Northeastern (9-10) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Sunday afternoon. The visiting Huskies edged the Wildcats two games to one in the closely contested series this weekend.
Schryver (0-3, 3.86 ERA) allowed just four hits over 6 1/3 innings and struck out five while walking two. He retired the first eight batters he faced and the only damage against him came on consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs in the top of the fourth inning. Schryver also set Northeastern down in order in both the fifth and sixth innings before departing with a runner at first and one out in the top of the seventh.
The game featured a strong pitching matchup between a pair of freshman hurlers. Dustin Hunt (2-0, 2.39 ERA) also went 6 1/3 innings for the Huskies and allowed an earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out eight. He allowed a The lone run on his account scored after he left the game and reliever Brad Burcroff allowed a two-out RBI single to sophomore pinch hitter Luke Emling (Nottingham, Pa.).
That run pulled Villanova to within 2-1 after seven innings but Northeastern took advantage of a pair of fielding miscues in the top of the eighth inning and scored two unearned runs to push its lead to 4-1. That cushion was plenty big enough on another cold afternoon where temperatures struggled to reach even the mid-40s.
In the bottom of the first inning the Wildcats put together what wound up being their best run-scoring threat of the day. Sophomore third baseman Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.), sophomore first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) and senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) all singled with one out to load the bases against Hunt, who then escaped the inning by inducing a double play on a groundball back up the middle.
Jewitt made an alert play in the top of the fourth inning which temporarily kept the Huskies off the scoreboard. Micahel Foster doubled with one out and stole third, while Jason Vosler walked to give Northeastern runners at the corners with one out. Shane Allen bounced a ball to Jewitt and Foster ran on contact from third base, allowing Jewitt to make a throw to the plate for the second out of the inning. Madigan was up next however, and he fought off a 1-2 pitch for a single to center field which drove in the game's first run. Mike Piscopo also singled with two strikes on him and hit a ball up the middle to drive in the second Huskies run.
In the seventh inning Schryver walked Madigan on four pitches and pinch runner Sean Lyons moved up to second on Piscopo's groundout to third. Junior reliever Matt Lengel (Devon, Pa.) then relieved Schryver and R.J. Roman hit a ball back up the middle which freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) fielded by ranging far to his right before throwing to first and getting the out. Lyons advanced to third on the play but was prevented from scoring by Czinege's slick play, and Lengel induced a fly ball to left to end the scoring threat.
Senior catcher John Cialone (Houston, Texas) got Villanova going in the bottom of the seventh with a double down the left field line with one out. That chased Hunt from the game and Burcroff struck out the first batter he faced before allowing the sharp single by Emling which drove in sophomore pinch runner Emmanuel Morris (Willowbrook, Ill.).
Connor Lyons and Gabe Levanti reached on consecutive errors to start the eighth inning and they were driven in on an RBI single by Foster and a sacrifice fly by Vosler.
Next up for the Wildcats is a Tuesday afternoon contest against Saint Joseph's. Villanova hosts the Hawks in the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.