May 3, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. - The middle innings proved to be the difference in the game as Villanova (12-30, 3-11 BIG EAST) lost the second game of a three-game series, 6-4, to Georgetown (17-25, 3-11 BIG EAST) at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday night. All six of the Hoyas runs scored between the third and sixth innings and that created a four-run deficit for the Wildcats, who could get no closer than the final margin.
Sophomore third baseman Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.) reached base in all four of his plate appearances and finished the game 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) and second-year left fielder Emmanuel Morris (Willowbrook, Ill.) each drove in two runs for Villanova, which produced two-run innings in the first and eighth to account for its four runs.
The game started with senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) working a full count and then drawing a walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to a career-high 11 games. Jewitt followed with a single through the left side and two outs later Morris hit a 3-1 pitch for a two-run single which drove in both runners and gave the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead.
Georgetown got on the board with an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning when Steve Anderson hit a sacrifice fly off junior starting pitcher Max Almonte (Long Beach, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to 2-1. The damage in the inning could have been worse though, as Almonte (1-5, 5.43 ERA) got Joseph Bialkowski to fly out to left field to leave the bases loaded.
The reprieve for Villanova proved to only be a temporary one. In the top of the fourth inning Morris bunted for a one-out single but advanced no further than first and the Hoyas went on to take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Beau Hall was hit by a pitch leading off, stole second and moved to third on Jake Kuzbel's groundout to second. Almonte struck out leadoff hitter Ryan Busch for the second out of the inning but Eric Webber singled to center field to tie the game and Nick Collins followed with an RBI double to left to give Georgetown a 3-2 lead.
Patrick Camporini drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth inning and Bialkowski doubled to advance him to third. Junior reliever Kagan Richardson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) relieved Almonte and was greeted with a two-run double by Hall which widened the gap to 5-2.
Anderson homered against Richardson in the bottom of the sixth inning to account for the Hoyas final run. Junior relievers Matt Lengel (Devon, Pa.) and Jeff Courter (Maple Glen, Pa.) pitched scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth innings to keep the Wildcats within striking distance.
In the top of the eighth inning sophomore pinch hitter Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas) was hit by a pitch leading off and Jewitt singled to left-center with one out. With two on and two out Beermann hit a two-run double to the gap in right-center field to drive in both runners and cut the deficit to 6-4 against Georgetown reliever Tim Davis. Morris was then hit by a pitch to put the potential tying run on base but Davis escaped the inning by inducing a fly out to center for the third out.
Almonte allowed eight hits and five runs (four earned) in four-plus innings of work. He walked three and struck out two. Hoyas starting pitcher Matt Hollenbeck (4-2, 3.27) went the first seven innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out eight.
The final game of the three-game series is on Sunday afternoon, with freshman lefty Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) getting the start for Villanova.
NOTES: Goss has a .565 on-base percentage in 23 career plate appearances as a pinch hitter ... He has gone 5-for-15 (.333) with five walks and three hit by pitch in those plate appearances ... He was hit for the 19th time this season, which leads the BIG EAST ... Beermann's double was his team-high 12th of the season ... Jones has a .462 on-base percentage during his 11-game streak of reaching base safely ... He has reached base 24 times in 52 plate appearances during the streak ... Jones had a 10-game streak earlier this season which had previously been his longest career on-base streak ... Jewitt recorded his second three-hit game of the season ... His first-inning single snapped an 0-for-19 stretch ... The bullpen allowed one run over four innings tonight and the Wildcats relief corps has a 2.58 ERA over the past eight games (11 earned runs in 38 1/3 innings).