May 10, 2009
BETHESDA, Md. - Unredeemed scoring chances in the middle innings proved costly for Villanova (20-26, 5-18 Big East) on Sunday afternoon at Shirley Povich Field, in a 4-1 loss to Georgetown (15-32, 7-16 Big East) in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Wildcats stranded 11 runners on base and allowed the decisive runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Redshirt freshman David Koczirka (Thornton, Pa.) beat out two infield hits and drove in the lone Villanova run, while senior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) reached base safely twice while also setting a new school record for career sacrifice bunts with his 33rd career sacrifice in the first inning. The Wildcats had at least one runner on base in every inning except the eighth but lost the deciding game of a three-game series for the third time this season.
Villanova scored its run in the top of the third inning, when Rosati was hit by a pitch leading off and redshirt freshman Matt Szczur (Erma, N.J.) drew a walk. The runners moved up on a sacrifice by senior Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.), and Koczirka's chopper to shortstop brought in Rosati. Wildcat batters were hit by a pitch five times in the game and Villanova also totaled seven hits and drew three walks.
Sophomore Chris Pack (Darien, Ill.) retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced and took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before running into trouble. With runners at first and second and one out, Pack induced a slow groundball in the infield and Villanova chose to try for an out at third base instead of taking the sure out at first. The play left the bases loaded and the Hoyas tied the game on another fielder's choice groundball one batter later.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Pack recorded a strikeout with runners at second and third and nobody out, but Sean Baumann doubled with one away to bring in both runners and give the Hoyas the only lead they would need in the game. Georgetown added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a bases-loaded walk. Pack (3-6, 5.97 ERA) was charged with seven hits and four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, though he struck out a season-high seven batters.
Hoya starter Will Harris (3-8) went the first seven innings and scattered seven hits, five hit batters and a walk while allowing just one run and striking out six. Pablo Vinent recorded his first save of the year with two scoreless innings. He issued a leadoff walk to senior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) in the top of the ninth inning but retired the top of the Villanova batting order 1-2-3 after that to close out the contest.
The Wildcats play their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday night when they visit Penn State for a 6:35 p.m. contest.
NOTES: Rosati had tied the previous sacrifice bunt record in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Georgetown ... His 33 career sacrifices are now one more than Brian Trotta (2001-04) ... Rosati is also batting .409 (9-22) during a current five-game hitting streak.