April 26, 2003
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - On Saturday, April 26th at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, the Villanova baseball team split a doubleheader against Big East rival Georgetown. The Wildcats defeated the Hoyas, 4-3, in eight innings in game one, while Georgetown won game two 4-1 to even the series at one game apiece. With the day's split, Villanova is now 10-26 overall on the season and 4-14 in the Big East. The Hoyas are now 10-31 overall on the year and 2-20 in conference play.
Game 1 The Hoyas took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning of game one, before Villanova rallied to tie the game at 3-3. Second baseman Mark Cardillo brought the `Cats within one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, lining a single up the middle to score pinch runner Darren Griffith. Later in the inning, leftfielder Brian Newbold tied the contest at 3-3 with a RBI single to rightfield.
The game went into extra innings tied at 3-3 and remained that way until the bottom of the eighth inning. The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth on a walk and two Georgetown errors. Hoya starter Pat Salvitta got the next two batters to pop up for the first two outs of the inning. Just when Georgetown appeared to be getting out of the inning, Salvitta walked first baseman Mitch Mitchell on a 3-1 pitch to force in Cardillo with the game-winning run as the `Cats posted the 4-3 win.
Adrian Schau (2-5) got the win in game one for Villanova pitching one and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief. Salvitta took the loss for the Hoyas to fall to 2-3.
Georgetown took an early lead in game two, scoring three runs in the third inning off of Wildcat starter James Baxter. Five walks and a base hit led to the three Hoya runs, as Georgetown jumped out to a 3-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Villanova trimmed the lead to 3-1as Mitchell drilled an RBI double to leftfield.
The Hoyas added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by centerfielder Timmy Jones to increase their lead to 4-1.
With two on and one out for the `Cats in the bottom of the ninth, Georgetown reliever Steven Burns got pinch hitter Adrian Schau to ground into the game-ending 1-6-4-3 doubleplay as the Hoyas earned the 4-1 victory.
Baxter took the loss on the mound for Villanova to fall to 2-2. Sophomore Nick Allen came on to pitch 6.1 strong innings of relief, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out four batters. Kevin Field got the win for Georgetown to improve to 2-3, while Burns earned his second save.
Villanova and Georgetown will wind down the series on Sunday, playing game 3 at noon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.