Czinege Homers But Wildcats Lose to Seton Hall, 3-1
April 27, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) homered for the third time in 11 games but his sixth inning solo shot was the Wildcats only run of the game and Villanova (12-28, 3-9 BIG EAST) lost to Seton Hall (31-9, 6-3 BIG EAST) by a final score of 3-1 at Owen T. Carroll Field on Sunday afternoon. The loss finished a three-game sweep and dealt the Wildcats their sixth loss in seven games.
The contest was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning as freshman pitcher Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) matched up with Pirates starter Luke Cahill (8-1, 2.39 ERA) in a scoreless duel. D.J. Ruhlman singled to left-center field with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning and Sal Annunziata followed by hitting his fourth home run of the season to left field for a 2-0 lead.
Seton Hall added another run against Schryver (1-6, 4.17 ERA) in the bottom of the fifth inning. John Beaubien led off with a single and stole second, Joe Poduslenko walked and Derek Jenkins sacrificed the runners up to second and third with one away. Zack Weigel flied out to right for a sacrifice fly which brought home Beaubien and extended the Pirates lead to three runs.
Czinege led off the top of the sixth inning with his fourth home run of the season on an 0-1 pitch that he drove over the fence in left-center. Sophomore first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) followed the home run with a single but Cahill prevented any further damage in the inning.
The best scoring threat for Villanova after the home run came in the top of the eighth inning. Sophomore right fielder Donovan May (Newark, Del.) led off with a walk and Beermann singled with one out to put the potential tying run on base. Pirates reliever Sam Burum retired the next two hitters to escape the jam however, and Conor Krauss pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.
Schrvyer allowed three earned runs on five hits in five innings pitched, while walking one and striking out four. Junior reliever JB Kole (Basking Ridge, N.J.) allowed just one hit over 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and junior Kagan Richardson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) recorded the final out in the bottom of the eighth inning to strand a runner on base.
In addition to Beermann going 2-for-4 in the game sophomore shortstop Eric Lowe (Arlington Heights, Ill.) also had a pair of hits for the Wildcats and May reached base twice with a single and a walk. Villanova outhit Seton Hall by a slim 7-6 margin in the game.
Next up for the Wildcats is a road non-conference game at Rutgers on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. This will be the first regular season meeting as non-conference opponents for Villanova and the Scarlet Knights since April 26, 1995 in the year prior to Rutgers becoming a BIG EAST member.