Wildcats Fall to Pittsburgh in Game One
April 12, 2003
PITTSBURGH, PA. - On Saturday, April 12, at Trees Field in Pittsburgh, the Villanova baseball team lost game one of a Big East doubleheader at the hands of Pittsbugh, 9-2. The Wildcats fell to 7-18 overall on the year and 2-8 in the Big East with the loss. The Panthers improved to 23-11 overall and 5-6 in conference with the win.
Pittsburgh jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-0 lead. The Panthers' big inning was helped by four walks and one hitter batter by Villanova pitchers. Shortstop Brian Spamer, catcher Alex Rybczak, and designated hitter Joe Burger each had RBI in the inning for Pittsburgh.
After scoring one in the third, the Panther offense put another three runs on the boards in the fourth to take a controlling 8-0 lead. The big blow in the inning came on a two-run single by Spamer.
In the top of the fifth for Villanova, senior leftfielder Brian Newbold drove a two-run home run over the left field wall to cut the lead to 8-2.
Pittsburgh would go on to add one more run in the sixth en route to a 9-2 game one victory.
Nick Evangelista got the win for the Panthers to improve to 6-2. He allowed just two runs on six hits in seven innings, striking out nine and walking one. Adrian Schau took the loss for the Wildcats to fall to 1-4.