May 16, 2009
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Villanova (22-28, 6-20 Big East) concluded its 2009 season on Saturday afternoon with a 16-6 loss to Connecticut (33-23, 14-13 Big East) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The scoring was back and forth in the early innings before the Huskies took control midway through the contest.
Prior to the start of the game, the Wildcats honored their seven graduating seniors for their career accomplishments. Villanova's class of 2009 finished their careers with 108 victories and made consecutive playoff appearances at the 2007 and 2008 BIG EAST Championship. The seniors were the 2008 Philadelphia Big Five Team of the Year and the 2009 Liberty Bell Classic Co-Champions. Members of the senior class appear eight times on the leader boards in the Villanova all-time record book.
As they did throughout the weekend, the seniors played a big role offensively for the Wildcats in Saturday's game. Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) drove in two runs with a double in the bottom of the second inning and also walked and scored in the fourth. Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) had two hits with a run scored and an RBI and Wes Borden (State College, Pa.) singled and scored. Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) also had two hits in the game. Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.), Mike Mayer (Midland Park, N.J.) and Josh Eidell (Norristown, Pa.) are also a part of the Villanova graduating class.
"We had a great senior class this season and I cannot say enough about how hard these seven guys have worked," Villanova head coach Joe Godri said. "They represented Villanova every single day for four years and did all of the things that you want a student-athlete to do in representing their school. They played hard and understood what it meant to be a Villanova baseball player."
Connecticut scored once in the first inning and three times in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead, but Villanova responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the second, then two more in the third to take a 5-4 lead. After the Huskies tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth inning, the Wildcats scored another run in its at-bat to retake the advantage at 6-5.
It was all UConn in the final five innings, however, as the Huskies scored six times in the top of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Connecticut eventually went on to score the final 11 runs of the game and register runs in eight of the nine innings. Pierre LaPage had four hits and five RBI to lead the Huskies, who had 24 hits in the game. Matt Burnett went 4-for-5 with three runs scored while George Springer and Mike Olt had three hits apiece.
David Fischer started and allowed five runs on six hits in three innings for Connecticut, which then turned to a committee of pitchers for the final six innings. Dennis Accomando (1-1, 2.92) pitched 1 1/3 innings to record the win.
Sophomore Chris Pack (Darien, Ill.) pitched 4 1/3 innings and took the loss for the Wildcats.