Wildcats Lose to Georgetown, 17-3
May 8, 2011
BETHESDA, Md. - In the second game of a three-game series Villanova (17-27, 4-16 Big East) fell behind by 14 runs in the first four innings and lost by a final count of 17-3 to Georgetown (22-27, 4-16 Big East) at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday night. Senior infielder David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) had three of the Wildcats hits and drove in a run in the losing effort.
Villanova spotted the Hoyas a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when the first five Georgetown batters of the game reached base safely and eventually scored. The host team added a single run in the second followed by five more in the third inning and four in the bottom of the fourth. The first run of the game for the Wildcats crossed the plate in the top of the third inning but Villanova still found itself down, 15-1, after the first four innings had gone by.
The last two runs for the Wildcats came in the top of the eighth inning when junior center fielder Jordan Zech (Naples, Fla.) and Koczirka delivered back-to-back RBI singles. By that time the Hoyas had put the game well out of reach and clinched a series win over Villanova with their second straight victory.
Georgetown starting pitcher Tommy Isaacs (2-2, 2.77 ERA) pitched well with a lead, going 6 2/3 innings with just three hits and no earned runs allowed. He walked six and struck out nine before James Heine registered the final seven outs.
Koczirka was the only Wildcat with more than one hit in the game and Villanova batters wound up drawing 10 walks and striking out a dozen times.
Junior left-hander Kyle Helisek (Cranberry Township, Pa.) pitched the first two innings and allowed six earned runs for the Wildcats, who ended up using five pitchers in the game. Helisek (1-7, 5.43 ERA) did retire six of the final eight batters that he faced but never recovered from the quick Hoyas start in the first inning.
The teams play the final game of this weekend's series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.