April 9, 2009
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Junior lefthander Kevin Crimmel (Harrisburg, Pa.) won his third game of the season and the offense came alive early in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon, as Villanova (16-16, 2-9 Big East) was a 10-4 winner over Seton Hall (15-13, 6-5 Big East) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The teams split the day's twin bill, with the Pirates winning 4-2 in 11 innings in the opener.
Senior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) and redshirt freshman Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.) had three hits apiece for the Wildcats, who scored in each of the first five innings to first take the lead and then put the game out of reach of Seton Hall. A five-run fifth inning in which Villanova sent 11 men to the plate broke the game open and the Wildcats led by as much as 10-1 before the Pirates narrowed the final margin.
Rosati came off the bench to go 3-for-5 with a run scored, three RBI and two stolen bases, while Szczur was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, one run batted in, a walk and a stolen base of his own. Senior Wes Borden (State College, Pa.) and sophomore Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) both had two hits for Villanova, which tallied 14 hits in the nightcap after managing just four in the opener. Hall was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of walks and senior Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.) had a hit and two runs scored.
Crimmel (3-2, 4.20 ERA) worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) with a walk and four strikeouts. He limited Seton Hall to just a run on three hits through the first five innings before the Pirates added a run in the sixth and two in the seventh on a home run by Ed Brown. Senior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) worked the final 2 1/3 innings for the Wildcats, retiring all seven batters he faced with a pair of strikeouts.
Brown, Chris Affinito and Chris Fontenelli each had two hits for Seton Hall. Starting pitcher Keith Cantwell (4-1, 4.02) took his first loss of the season, allowing 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings and being charged with eight runs (four earned). He walked three and struck out five. Reliever Henry Warner struck out six in 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Villanova got off to a quick start offensively, as Szczur bunted for a hit leading off the bottom of the first and eventually came around to score. In the second inning, Hall and freshman Kevin Wager (Chester, Va.) singled to eventually set up a two-run single by junior Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.). McFolling singled and scored in the bottom of the third and Szczur came in on an error in the fourth.
The Wildcats finally broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning, a frame which included four hits, two errors and three runners left on base. The win snapped a six-game conference losing streak for Villanova.
The teams will meet on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. in the rubber game of the weekend series. Right-hander Chris Pack (Darien, Ill.) will pitch for the Wildcats.
NOTES: Rosati pinch hit in the bottom of the first inning for senior Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) ... He took over an at-bat down 0-and-2 in the count and eventually singled to bring home the game's first run ... Today marked Villanova's second doubleheader in the last six days ... The team played two at Notre Dame last Saturday to conclude a three-game series.