April 22, 1998
VILLANOVA, Pa.--In baseball action at McGeehan Field, the Villanova Wildcats lost to the Georgetown Hoyas, 8-5. With the win, Georgetown improves to 20-27 overall and 4-14 in Big East play, while Villanova falls to 21-16-1 overall and 4-11 in conference action.
Villanova got on the scoreboard first, jumping to a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the first, freshman first baseman Nick Piantek doubled home senior second baseman Tom Shank and junior designated hitter Dan Boublis, giving the Cats a 2-0 advantage. In the second, Shank drove in junior centerfielder Chris Watson, increasing the Wildcat advantage to 3-0.
In the top of the fifth, Georgetown scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead. In the Hoya fifth, third baseman Andrew Mariniello drove in two with a single, while first baseman Matt Dzamba added an RBI single.
The Wildcats came right back in the home half of the fifth, when Boublis singled home Shank with the tying run. Freshman left fielder Matt Longo scored the go ahead run when Piantek hit into a double play.
Georgetown took control of the game in the eighth inning, when they tallied four runs to take an 8-5 advantage. The big hit of the Hoya eighth was a two RBI, two out single by shortstop Jeremy Horowitz.
Villanova rallied in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to push across any runs. In the ninth, Watson led off with a single, followed by a walk to lead off man Pat Kane. With two on and no one out, Shank hit into a double play. Longo then flied out to end the game.
Shank led the Wildcat attack by going three-for-five with two runs and an RBI. Boublis and Watson each tallied two hits, while Piantek and senior catcher Augie Grove added doubles.
Villanova will return to action on Thursday, April 23 when they host Rider at 3 p.m.