April 13, 2003
PITTSBURGH - The Villanova baseball team was defeated by Pittsburgh, 10-5, on Sunday afternoon at Trees Field, as the Panthers completed a three-game series sweep of the Wildcats. Villanova falls to 7-20 overall and 2-10 in the Big East on the year. The Panthers upped their overall record to 25-11 and 7-6 in the Big East.
Villanova scored first with two runs in the second inning as it tallied three consecutive singles. The lead was short-lived, though, as Pittsburgh responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning, pounding out six hits while batting around the order. Alex Rybczak ripped a two-run single to tie the score and Mike Scanzano later added a triple to deep center field that allowed two more runs to score.
The Wildcats cut the lead to 6-4 as Brian Newbold hit a two-run home run in the fourth. Once again, the Panthers came right back and scored three times to up the lead to 9-4. Ben Copeland and Stuart Rykaceski each had RBI-singles while Bryan Spamer added an RBI-double.
After Villanova scored its fifth and final run of the game in the top of the fifth, the Panther pitching staff shut down the Wildcat bats and allowed just one hit the rest of the way. Pittsburgh added its final run in the seventh inning as Spamer scored on an RBI-groundout by Joe Burger.
Jimmy Blue registered the win on the mound in relief of starter Jeff Barnyak, pitching three innings and gave up no runs and no hits.
Copeland and Rykaceski each had three hits on the afternoon to lead Pittsburgh. Tom Cashman and Rybczak each added two hits apiece.
Villanova will get back into action on Tuesday, April 15, hosting Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m. at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.