May 1, 2009
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Villanova suspended its game against Louisville on Friday after six innings with the visiting Cardinals leading 7-4 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The teams will complete the game on Saturday beginning at Noon, with the day's regularly scheduled nine-inning game to follow.
Friday's contest began following a 1 hour, 32 minute rain delay and the first pitch was thrown at 5:17 p.m., marking the latest start time and the first official night game in the seven-year history of the venue. The game was halted due to darkness following the sixth inning after 1 hour, 55 minutes of play.
As for the game itself, Louisville scored the game's first runs when it put up a seven-spot in the top of the fourth inning. The Wildcats chipped away with a run in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the sixth before play stopped to get within 7-4.
Sophomore Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) and freshman Adam Nelson (St. Joseph, Mo.) each have two RBI for Villanova. Hall doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning to score freshman Kevin Wager (Chester, Va.), but then ended the frame when he was thrown out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple. In the fourth inning, Hall singled home a run with one out and Nelson added a two-out, two-run double.
Wager has been on base in all three of his plate appearances thus far in the contest, going 1-for-1 with a single and two runs scored. He has also been hit by a pitch twice. Seven of the nine batters in the Wildcats lineup have reached base safely at least once.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Friday's game, the Cardinals started sophomore southpaw Dean Kiekhefer in favor of fellow lefty Justin Marks. Kiekhefer has six strikeouts and has allowed six hits through six innings, while just one of the four runs he has allowed is earned.
Villanova sophomore Chris Pack (Darien, Ill.) pitched the first 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and seven earned runs with four walks and three strikeouts. Pack was in a two-on, one-out jam in the first inning but recovered to retire eight of the next nine batters he faced through the end of the third. He escaped the jam in the opening inning by retiring leading Louisville hitters Chris Dominguez and Phil Wunderlich in order, including a called third strike to end the inning.
Pack allowed a leadoff home run to Dominguez in the fourth inning and the Cardinals eventually sent 11 men to the plate in the inning. Junior Michael Mayer (Midland Park, N.J.) has pitched two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth for the Wildcats.
Eight hits for Louisville have come from seven different players thus far, and Clark is the only Cardinal with a multi-hit game to this point. He is 2-for-3 and John Dao has two runs batted in from a double during the fourth-inning rally.
NOTES: A game is considered a night game if it begins after 5 p.m. ... The latest previous start time since the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth opened in 2003 was 4:25 p.m. against Coppin State last season on April 2, 2008 ... Play was halted at 7:12 p.m. ... Today's contest is the third Villanova game to be suspended prior to completion since the BIG EAST Conference instituted the current halted game policy in 2006 ... The other contests came against Georgetown on May 12, 2007 in the second game of a doubleheader and on April 21, 2006 at Seton Hall ... The Wildcats wound up winning each of those games following their resumption a day later ... Nelson is making his first career BIG EAST start in the game and Villanova had five first-year players (freshmen and redshirt freshmen) in its starting lineup.