May 17, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. - Junior right fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) went 4-for-5 and Villanova (13-40, 4-19 BIG EAST) batted around in both the sixth and seventh innings in a come-from-behind 12-9 victory over Georgetown (25-27, 5-18 BIG EAST) at Shirley Povich Field on Friday afternoon. The victory clinches a win in the series for the Wildcats, who have scored 20 runs on 23 hits in the first two games of the series.
There were three lead changes in the game and Villanova rallied on two different occasions. All of the scoring for the Wildcats came in three innings in fact, as the offense produced three runs in the top of the third inning before later erupting for a five-run sixth inning and four more runs in the top of the seventh.
At the top of the batting order the trio of senior center fielder Paul Rambaud (Chicago, Ill.), Jones and senior second baseman Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) combined to go 8-for-15 with five runs scored and four runs batted in. In the top of the sixth inning Rambaud walked and scored, and Jones singled to drive in a run during a five-run frame which put Villanova ahead to stay, 8-6.
Rambaud, Jones and Sciacca all had hits and scored runs in the seventh inning and the Wildcats put the game out of reach by extending their lead to 12-6. The final three runs for the Hoyas scored in the bottom of the ninth inning before Villanova closed out the game.
Junior starting pitcher Pat Young (The Woodlands, Texas) went eight innings to earn his second win of the season. Young (2-8, 4.81 ERA) endured a five-run bottom of the third inning in which Georgetown took a 6-3 lead but then bounced back and retired 15 of the last 18 batters he faced. Beginning with the last out in the bottom of the third Young set down 11 hitters in a row and by the time a runner reached for the Hoyas with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the seventh inning the Wildcats were firmly in control of the game.
Georgetown had an early 1-0 lead after the first inning but Villanova loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the third when freshman shortstop Eric Lowe (Arlington Heights, Ill.) walked, Rambaud bunted for a single and Jones walked. Sciacca followed with a two-run double and junior designated hitter John Cialone (Houston, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly to give the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.
The five-run response by the Hoyas in the bottom half of the inning featured an RBI triple by Justin Leeson, who scored himself on a sacrifice bunt one batter later. Corbin Blakey had a two-run single in the inning and the 6-3 lead for Georgetown held up until the sixth inning.
Freshman first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) had a pair of doubles and a run scored for Villanova, including a double to right field which opened the sixth inning. Freshman pinch hitters Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas) and Emmanuel Morris (Willowbrook, Ill.) walked and reached on an error, respectively, while Rambaud walked to load the bases. Jones singled home a run, Sciacca grounded into a double play which tied the game 6-6 and sophomore pinch hitter Brandon Carr (Danville, Calif.) hit a run-scoring single to give the Wildcats the lead. The final run of the inning came home on an RBI double off the center field fence by senior left fielder Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.).
In the seventh inning Morris was hit by a pitch leading off, Rambaud reached on his second bunt single of the game and Jones lined a single up the middle to score a run. Carr walked with the bases loaded and two runs scored when Beermann's pop-up in the infield was dropped.
Young scattered nine hits, walked none and struck out five in his team-high 14th start of the season. He has logged at least seven innings in seven of his starts and finished at least six innings nine times. Aside from the third inning today he allowed just five base runners in his other seven innings pitched.
The series finale is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.