Wildcats Offense Erupts for 16-2 Win in First Game of Doubleheader at Georgetown
May 9, 2009
BETHESDA, Md. - In the same game in which he tied the school record for career sacrifice bunts, senior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) also registered the team's first individual five-hit game since 2006 as Villanova (20-24, 5-16 Big East) stormed past Georgetown (13-32, 5-16 Big East) on Saturday afternoon, 16-2, in the first game of a doubleheader at Shirley Povich Field.
The Wildcats scored five runs in the top of the first inning, pushed their lead to 10-0 after three innings and cruised to the easy win behind the pitching of junior Brian Streilein (Staten Island, N.Y.), who pitched six-hit ball over seven innings for his fourth win of the season.
Rosati was 5-for-5 with his third home run of the season, a double and three singles in the game. He scored twice and drove in three runs, all after laying down his record-tying 32nd career sacrifice bunt in the first inning. Rosati wound up finishing a triple short of a cycle and was one of six Villanova hitters with a multi-hit game in the twin-bill opener.
Redshirt freshman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) had two hits and drove in three runs, while sophomore Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) and freshman Marlon Calbi (Montclair, N.J.) each had two hits and two RBI. The Wildcats had a season-high 19 hits and tied a single-game program record with eight doubles in the game.
It was smooth sailing from the outset for Streilein (4-8, 5.40 ERA), who allowed six hits and an earned run in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five while allowing more than one hitter to reach base in just two of his innings pitched. A sacrifice fly by Andy Lentz with one out in the bottom of the seventh ended Streilein's shutout bid. Freshmen Kyle McMyne (Old Forge, Pa.) and Tom Tesauro (Lawrenceville, N.J.) each worked an inning of relief in the victory.
The blowout was on early after junior Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.) doubled to center field to start the game. Rosati followed with a bunt attempt that nearly went for a hit, but he was called out at first on the sacrifice. After redshirt freshman Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.) was hit by a pitch, four straight run-scoring hits brought in all five runs in the inning while there was still just one out. Senior Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.) and Koczirka singled home runs ahead of doubles by Borden and Hall.
Villanova did its early damage against starting pitcher Jimmy Saris (3-6, 7.35 ERA), who was reached for seven hits and seven earned runs while facing 12 batters in a 1 1/3 innings. Tommy Isaacs and Cary Piligian allowed six and three earned runs, respectively, in relief for the Hoyas.
The second game of Saturday's doubleheader got underway shortly after 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Rosati matched the sacrifice record of 32 bunts held by Brian Trotta (2001-04) ... He also was the first Wildcat hitter with five hits in a game since Derek Shunk had five hits against Saint Joseph's on March 22, 2006 ... As a team, Villanova had eight doubles for the third time in school history ... The other occasions came against Temple on April 22, 2003 and against Iona on April 8, 1984 ... The 16 runs scored by the Wildcats was the team's highest output against a BIG EAST opponent since Villanova defeated Pittsburgh, 16-10, last season on May 4, 2008 ... The Wildcats have not surpassed that total against a conference foe since beating Georgetown, 18-7, on April 23, 1997 ... During the game, both Villanova and the Hoyas were eliminated from postseason contention as a result of the final scores of other games from around the league ... The Wildcats made consecutive postseason appearances in 2007 and 2008.