April 26, 2013
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - In the first game of a three-game series Villanova (11-30, 2-11 BIG EAST) was held to six hits and lost by a score of 7-0 to Seton Hall (24-16, 8-5 BIG EAST) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday afternoon. Freshman second baseman Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas) and sophomore designated hitter Brandon Carr (Danville, Calif.) had two hits apiece for the Wildcats, who were shut out for the eighth time this season.
Pirates starting pitch Jon Prosinski (7-2, 2.23 ERA) gave up six hits while walking one and striking out 13 in a complete game effort. Seton Hall took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning thanks to three perfectly placed bunt singles and then gradually pieced together runs throughout the contest.
Villanova was retired in order just twice in the entire game but also had multiple base runners in only one inning. That came in the bottom of the third when the Wildcats came to bat still facing just a 1-0 deficit. With two outs and nobody on Goss lined a single to center field for the first Villanova hit of the game, and senior shortstop Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) followed with a single up the middle.
Prosinski escaped any trouble by getting senior left fielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.) to fly out to right field to end the inning, and the Seton Hall offense gave Prosinski further backing with a run in the fourth inning and two more in the top of the fifth.
Ryan Sullivan scored from second base with two outs in the fourth inning on a ball hit up the middle, while Mike Genovese and Chris Selden each drove in runs in the fifth inning. Selden hit a sinking liner to right field with two outs in the top of the fifth and it fell in for an RBI double, but he was cut down at third base on a 9-3-5 putout trying to extend the hit into a triple.
Senior starting pitcher Stephen Ostapeck (Sacramento, Calif.) walked one and struck out seven in a season-high eight innings pitched. He pitched into the eighth inning for the third time in five conference starts and now has 20 strikeouts over his last three starts. Ostapeck allowed 12 hits and five runs in the game and the Pirates added two more runs against senior reliever Matt Longfield (Miami, Fla.) in the top of the ninth.
The second game of the weekend series is on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.