May 4, 2014
BETHESDA, Md. - The top five spots in the batting order combined to go 10-for-16 with 12 runs scored and Villanova (13-30, 4-11 BIG EAST) matched its highest offensive output of the season in a 13-2 win over Georgetown (17-26, 3-12 BIG EAST) at Shirley Povich Field on Sunday afternoon. All of the offense for the Wildcats - 13 runs on 15 hits - came over the final six innings and Villanova salvaged the final game of the three-game set against one of its oldest conference rivals.
Sophomore third baseman Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.) scored a career-high four runs, including the Wildcats first run of the game in the top of the fourth to tie the score at 1-1. Villanova took the lead with four runs in the fifth inning, added two insurance runs in the seventh and then turned the game into a rout with five runs in the eighth inning and one more in the top of the ninth.
Senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) and sophomore first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) had three hits apiece for the Wildcats. Sophomore right fielder Emmanuel Morris (Willowbrook, Ill.) had two hits and three runs scored, while freshman second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
The performance on the mound was just as solid. Freshman southpaw Hunter Schryver (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season and senior reliever Matt Meurer (Katy, Texas) went 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA for the season to a miniscule 0.94. Meurer entered the game in a tight spot and stayed out of trouble to earn his sixth save of the season.
Villanova trailed 1-0 after the Hoyas pushed home a run with two outs in the bottom of the first inning but Jewitt was hit by a pitch leading off the top of the fourth and Beermann followed with a single through the right side. Czinege laid down the first of his two sacrifice bunts on the day and freshman left fielder Brian Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score.
In the fifth inning senior catcher John Cialone (Houston, Texas) drew a leadoff walk, sophomore shortstop Eric Lowe (Arlington Heights, Ill.) sacrificed him to second and Jones singled up the middle to give the Wildcats runners at the corners with one out. Morris lined a single to center field to score Cialone and put Villanova in front by a 2-1 margin. After a successful double steal by Morris and Jones, Jewitt was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.
That point in the game marked the end of the day for Georgetown starter Chris Giordano (1-2, 9.51 ERA), who was charged with five earned runs on four hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Will Brown entered and struck out Beermann for the second out of the inning. The bases were still loaded however, and Czinege cashed in with a two-run single. Sophomore Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas) hit for Trabulsi and came through yet again in a pinch hitting role, as his RBI single to right field scored Jewitt with the fourth run of the inning.
With the lead in hand for the first time Schryver (2-6, 4.09 ERA) needed only 11 pitches to retire the Hoyas in order in the bottom of the fifth inning. He ran into potential trouble in the sixth when three straight one-out singles pulled Georgetown to within 5-2 and brought the tying run to the plate. Meurer entered and induced a fielder's choice groundball and a pop-up in the infield to end the inning with no further damage done. Schryver wound up allowing six hits and the two runs while walking two and striking out one.
In the top of the seventh inning the Wildcats stretched their lead to 7-2 without needing a hit. Jewitt and Beermann drew consecutive walks to start the inning, Czinege laid down a sacrifice bunt and Goss was hit by a pitch for the 20th time this season to load the bases. Jewitt scored on a wild pitch and Cialone drove in Beermann with a sacrifice fly.
Jones singled to start the eighth inning, Morris walked and both runners scored when Jewitt's sacrifice bunt was misplayed into a two-base error. Beermann followed with an RBI single, Goss singled home another run later in the inning and a fifth run scored on a double play. Beermann closed the scoring with an RBI double to right-center in the ninth inning.
Villanova takes a break for final exams this week and then steps out of conference play next weekend when it hosts a three-game series against Manhattan. The series opens on Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.
NOTES: Schryver started his fifth BIG EAST game of the season ... That is the most conference starts for a Wildcats freshman since Josh Eidell made eight BIG EAST starts in 2006 ... Meurer has not allowed an earned run in conference play this season (11.2 IP) ... Villanova also scored 13 runs in a 13-10 win over Norfolk State on February 23 ... The last time a Wildcats hitter scored four runs in a game was in a 26-11 win over West Virginia on April 6, 2012 ... Four batters accomplished the feat in that game ... Goss has a career .583 on-base percentage in 24 career appearances as a pinch hitter ... He is 6-for-16 (.375) with five walks and three hit by pitch in pinch hitting situations ... Jones extended his streak of reaching base safely to 12 games ... During the streak he has reached base 28 times in 58 plate appearances for a .483 on-base percentage .... Villanova is 88-42 (.677) all-time against Georgetown, including a record of 71-26 (.732) in regular season BIG EAST games.