May 2, 2009
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - In the completion of a suspended game from Friday evening, Louisville (31-13, 13-6 Big East) scored three times in the top of the ninth inning and defeated Villanova (19-23, 4-15 Big East) by a final score of 10-4 on Saturday afternoon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The game had been suspended following six innings of play on Friday with the Cardinals leading 7-4.
When play resumed just after Noon on Saturday, neither team scored in the seventh or eighth innings and Louisville eventually put the game out of reach with its rally in the ninth. Freshman Kyle Helisek (Cranberry Township, Pa.) took over on the mount for the Wildcats and retired seven straight batters after a leadoff double to start the seventh inning. He didn't run into any further trouble until the ninth inning, when consecutive singles by Ryan Wright and Alec Lowrey plated three runs.
Derek Self pitched three scoreless innings for Louisville to earn his first career save. He allowed three hits and struck out three while escaping a jam in the eighth inning to keep Villanova when narrowing its deficit. Redshirt freshman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single and two outs later pinch hitter Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.) beat out an infield hit to put two runners on base. Self induced a groundball back to the mound to end the scoring threat.
The pitchers of record from the six innings played on Friday held, with Villanova sophomore Chris Pack (Darien, Ill.) (3-5, 6.00 ERA) taking the loss and Cardinal southpaw Dean Kiekhefer (4-4, 5.09) getting the win.
Saturday's regularly scheduled game was played following the completion of the suspended contest, and resulted in a 9-2 win for Louisville.
The final game of the series is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.