PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - In the second game of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, Villanova (13-30, 4-11 BIG EAST) was no-hit by Seton Hall (28-20, 10-8 BIG EAST) right-handed pitcher Zach Prendergast in a 1-0 loss at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. Earlier in the day, the Pirates tallied a 2-0 victory in the seven-inning opening game of the twin-bill, which marked the Wildcats final home games of the 2017 season.
Prendergast (7-2, 2.70 ERA) walked none and struck out 10 in the first no-hitter against Villanova since the 2014 season. He retired the first 15 and the final 12 batters to face him, with the only Wildcats base runner of the game reaching base on a throwing error to start the bottom of the sixth inning. It was also the first no-hitter thrown at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth since current Villanova head coach Kevin Mulvey threw a seven-inning no-hitter during the 2005 season.
Seton Hall took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the third on a softly hit pop-up that landed in no-man’s land in shallow right-center field. Jackson Martin, batting ninth in the order, led off the third inning with a double to right field. He moved to third with one away on a fly to center off the bat of leadoff hitter Ryan Ramiz. Wildcats junior starting pitcher Ryan Doty (Rye, N.Y.) then faced Joe Poduslenko and struck him out with a swing and a miss on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.
Matt Toke was up next and weakly hit an 0-1 pitch that the wind carried past the reach of senior second baseman Todd Czinege (Overland Park, Kan.) and in front of both junior center fielder David Gulati (Collegeville, Pa.) and senior right fielder Donovan May (Newark, Del.) for an RBI single. Doty (2-6, 3.47 ERA) then got cleanup hitter Matt Fortin on a fielder’s choice to end the inning, and was never truly threatened the rest of the way.
Doty scattered eight hits and just the one earned run over 8 1/3 innings of work, while walking none and striking out four. Villanova’s junior right-hander, who has pitched both in the rotation and out of the bullpen this season, has allowed just two earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings of work since April 18. He has a 0.64 ERA during that stretch, and his start on Sunday afternoon marked the first time in his collegiate career that he had pitched into the ninth inning.
Villanova travels to Penn State for its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m., then will play a three-game series at St. John’s next weekend to close out the 2017 campaign.