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Wildcats Swept by Pittsburgh in Saturday Doubleheader as Panthers take Game Two

April 12, 2003

Final Stats

PITTSBURGH, PA. - The Villanova baseball team fell to Pittsburgh, 7-1, in game two of a Saturday doubleheader at Trees Field in Pittsburgh, as the Panthers swept the day's two games. The Wildcats are now 7-19 overall and 2-9 in the Big East with the loss. Pittsburgh improved to 24-11 overall and 6-6 in the Big East with the win.

The Panthers again took an early lead, scoring three in the bottom of the third to claim a 3-0 advantage. Designated hitter Joe Burger had a two-run single in the inning for Pittsburgh.

Pitt would add one in the fourth and fifth innings to extend their lead to 5-0.

Villanova finally got on the board in the sixth inning as senior first baseman Ryan Crammer posted an RBI groundout to cut the margin to 5-1.

The Panthers would put the game away, scoring once more in the seventh and eighth innings to go on to the 7-1 victory.

Joe Engel (3-3) threw five shutout innings, striking out five, to get the victory. Wildcat starter Tom Kandybowicz took the loss to fall to 1-3.

Senior rightfielder Mitch Mitchell led the way at the plate for Villanova going two-for-three.

The Wildcats and Panthers will wind down the series on Sunday, playing a single game at noon.