April 26, 2009
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Villanova (18-22, 4-14 Big East) had its pitching round into form on Sunday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium but the Wildcats were defeated, 4-3, as Cincinnati (22-18, 10-8 Big East) completed a three-game sweep. The game yielded just one run after the third inning in an evenly played contest that featured strong pitching from both sides.
Sophomore Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) and senior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) hit home runs to account for the three Villanova runs. Hall hit a two-run shot with two outs in the top of the second inning to give the Wildcats their only lead of the game at 2-1. There had been two outs and nobody on in the frame before senior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) drew a walk and Hall hit a 2-and-1 pitch over the fence down the right field line.
Justin Riddell hit a three-run home run for the Bearcats in the bottom of the third inning that spotted Cincinnati a 4-2 lead. That was the only damage that the team could do against junior Brian Streilein (Staten Island, N.Y.), who surrendered a run-scoring double to Cameron Satterwhite in the first inning, the home run to Riddell and little else in 6 1/3 innings.
Streilein (3-7, 5.60 ERA) allowed five hits, four earned runs and four walks while striking out five. He escaped potential trouble in the bottom of the fifth inning with two on and one out and wound up retiring six of the final seven batters he faced. Streilein got Mike Spina to fly out to open the bottom of the seventh before sophomore southpaw Mike Francisco (Newtown Square, Pa.) came in to face lefty-hitting Lance Durham.
Francisco allowed a double to Durham, intentionally walked Riddell and then walked Kiley Jones to load the bases with still just one out. He then fell behind pinch hitter Dorian West, 3-and-1, but came back to strike him out and then induce a fly ball by Chris Peters to end the inning. Francisco also retired the first two batters of the eighth inning before freshman Jerry Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) came in and got out Mike Spina to end the inning.
Rosati homered leading off the sixth inning to trim the deficit to one run but Bearcat starter Brian Garman (4-5, 8.10) struck out the next three batters to work out of the inning. Garman struck out nine and walked just one while allowing six hits and three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Reliever Tyler Smith recorded the next four outs and closer Jake Geglein pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Villanova received two hits from both Rosati and Hall and outhit Cincinnati by an 8-6 count. Rosati finished 2-for-3 and also had a sacrifice bunt to move to within one sacrifice of tying the program's career record of 32.
Riddell had two hits and three RBI for the Bearcats. A day after Spina and Durham hit back-to-back game-tying and game-winning home runs off of Streilein, the pair combined to go 1-for-7 against the Wildcat starter in Sunday's game.
Villanova hosts Temple this Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.