May 18, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. - Senior shortstop Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) had two hits and drove in three runs and sophomore starting pitcher Josh Harris (Streamwood, Ill.) pitched into the ninth inning to lift Villanova (14-40, 5-19 BIG EAST) to an 11-1 victory over Georgetown (25-28, 5-19 BIG EAST) at Shirley Povich Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win the Wildcats complete a three-game sweep of the Hoyas and wrap up the 2013 season on a high note.
Villanova scored in each of the first five innings, including multiple runs in each of the first three frames to build an 8-0 lead. Sciacca hit an RBI double in the top of the first inning to drive in the first run of the game and junior right fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) lined a three-run double down the right field line in the second inning. Freshman first baseman Max Beermann (Tampa, Fla.) led off the third inning with his sixth home run of the season and a two-run single by Sciacca with the bases loaded later in the third extended the Wildcats lead to 8-0.
Jones also hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to finish the day with five RBI on two hits. He batted .600 (9-for-15) in the series with two home runs, a double and eight runs batted in. Jones batted with one on and one out in the top of the fifth inning and hit his fifth home run of the season over the top of the batter's eye in center field. He was the top hitter for Villanova in conference play and finishes the season having batted .325 (25-for-77) with five home runs, 26 RBI, a .441 on-base percentage and a .597 slugging percentage.
Harris (5-7, 3.75 ERA) gave up only five hits and was unthreatened by the Georgetown lineup aside from a solo home run hit by Nick Collins leading off the bottom of the fourth inning. After that home run Harris allowed just one more hit and two more base runners the rest of the way. He walked none and struck out two. Harris pitched at least seven innings in eight of his 13 starts for the season and also made eight quality starts. He finishes the year as the Wildcats staff leader in wins, ERA and innings pitched (86.2).
Senior catcher Brandon Clark (Spring, Texas) had two doubles in the game while freshman second baseman Adam Goss (Bellaire, Texas) and senior center fielder Paul Rambaud (Chicago, Ill.) each scored two runs in the top two spots of the batting order.
Villanova made quick work of Hoyas starting pitcher Jack Vander Linden (3-5, 4.13 ERA), who allowed five hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings. He was charged with eight runs (seven earned) and had three strikeouts.
A young Wildcats team made big strides during the course of the season and demonstrated all of that progress during the final weekend series of the year. Villanova batted .286 with 16 extra-base hits (11 doubles, five home runs) and a .527 slugging percentage. The weekend pitching rotation that included Harris along with right-handers Stephen Ostapeck (Sacramento, Calif.) and Pat Young (The Woodlands, Texas) was strong all year and all three pitchers earned victories during the series. Ostapeck pitched a four-hit shutout in Thursday night's series opener and the Wildcats outscored the Hoyas by a 31-10 margin in the series.