May 13, 2007
BETHESDA, Md. - In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, Villanova (26-21, 11-13 Big East) allowed six runs in the first three innings and was defeated 8-3 by Georgetown (19-32, 7-17 Big East) at Shirley Povich Field. Although the Wildcats were unable to complete the series sweep and clinch a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament, the team remains able to control its own destiny. Any one win by Villanova in the final conference series against Rutgers at home next weekend would clinch a spot in the eight-team conference tournament later this month. If the Wildcats get swept by the Scarlet Knights, they would need help from other teams in order to reach the league playoffs for the first time since 1997.
The Hoyas received run-scoring singles from seniors Brandon Davis and Mark McLaughlin in the first and second innings, respectively, to take a 2-0 lead. Georgetown then struck for four runs in the third inning to break the game open.
Villanova had chances to keep the game close in the first two innings, but stranded five runners on base in the two frames and left a total of 14 runners on base in the game. Hoya starting pitcher Jimmy Saris worked around two walks in the first inning to leave two runners on base and stranded the bases loaded in the second by inducing a groundball to third base to end the inning.
Saris allowed five hits, walked five and hit two batters in seven shutout innings but the Wildcats went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and 3-for-15 with runners on base against him. Saris had one strikeout to pick up his third win of the season.
The Wildcats got two runs in the top of the eighth inning when sophomore Wesley Borden (State College, Pa.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and junior Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field. Junior James Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) scored a run on a groundout in the ninth inning.
Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) had three hits to lead Villanova and junior Ryan Arcadia (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) had two hits to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. Juniors Gus Guida (Martinsville, N.J.) and Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) each had hits to extend their own hitting streaks to 10 games.
The loss for Villanova was charged to junior Bill Hoffman (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), who was charged with six earned runs on eight hits in two-plus innings of work. Hoffman (4-6, 5.97 ERA) walked one and struck out two before coming out of the game. Freshman Brian Streilein (Staten Island, N.Y.) pitched 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Wildcats before Georgetown added its final two runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Davis had four hits in the game to lead the Hoyas, while he and McLaughlin each drove in three runs. The two Villanova runs were charged to the account of Jack Bender before Mark Dutmers and Daniel Kennedy combined to get the final five outs.
Villanova plays its final regular season non-conference game on Tuesday when it visits Temple for a 3 p.m. contest. The Wildcats have split two meetings with the Owls this season, falling 10-1 in Ambler on April 10 and posting a 10-3 win in Plymouth Meeting on April 24. Since the 10-1 loss to Temple, Villanova has run off a record of 14-6 in its last 20 games.