April 17, 2003
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA - In game two of a Thursday Big East doubleheader at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Thursday, April 17, the Villanova baseball team was defeated by Seton Hall, 9-1, as the Pirates took the series two games to none. The Wildcats fell to 7-23 overall and 2-12 in Big East play with the day's two losses. The Pirates improved to 14-16 on the year and 7-7 in conference play.
Once again, Seton Hall struck early, plating four runs in the top of the first, largely in part to a three-run homer by senior designated hitter Casey Grimm with one out. Chris Fulda also had an RBI-single in the four-run inning, while Grimm extended his hit streak to 11 games.
Villanova's fielding blunders allowed the Pirates to build a 7-0 lead through four complete innings. The Pirates added to their lead in the fifth inning on an RBI-double by junior shortstop Santiago Chi and an RBI-single by senior catcher Dave Kady.
Villanova broke up Santmyer's shutout bid in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-out RBI double by Mitchell. The game was called after the sixth due to darkness.
Seton Hall sophomore right-hander Mike Santmyer struck out 10 Wildcat batters in a six-inning complete game to get the win. Nick Allen took the loss in game two to fall to 2-5.
At the plate for the `Cats, Mitchell went three-for-three with a double and one RBI.
Villanova will get back into action on Saturday, hosting St. John's for a Big East doubleheader at 12:00 p.m., at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.