Villanova Baseball Drops 12 Inning Heartbreaker in Game One
April 17, 2003
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA - On an unseasonably cold day at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Thursday, April 17, the Villanova baseball team lost a 12-inning heartbreaker to Seton Hall in game one of a Big East doubleheader, 4-2. Pirate first baseman Chris Fulda connected for a two-run single to right field with two outs in the top of the 12th inning to lead Seton Hall to victory.
The Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first at bat of the game. With two outs, Seton Hall third baseman Josh Schuck delivered a two-out single to right field, driving in Patrick Sullivan and Tim Pahuta to give the Pirates an early 2-0 lead.
Villanova retaliated in the bottom of the frame, trimming the Pirate lead to 2-1. Wildcat centerfielder Chris Graziano led off with a triple to left-center field and came around to score on a Mitch Mitchell RBI-single. Seton Hall starter Tim Sabo pitched out of the jam, stranding three Villanova runners in the first inning. The Wildcats stranded 14 base runners in game one.
Back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth inning allowed the Wildcats to even the score at 2-2. Villanova shortstop Brian Trotta drove in the tying run with a double to straightaway center field.
Seton Hall staged a two-out rally in the top of the 12th inning. Centerfielder Mike Bascom sparked the rally with a double to right-center field. Villanova elected to intentionally walk Sullivan, setting up a potential force play. With two strikes on the batter, Bascom and Sullivan advanced to scoring position on a double-steal, setting up Fulda's game-winning, two-run single.