March 4, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla.--On the second leg of its Spring Break trip Villanova (2-7) will play a two game series at No. 16 Miami (5-5), with the first contest between the teams scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening. This week's series marks the first time since 2000 that the Wildcats will face the Hurricanes and is also the first-ever regular season series between the teams, who played single games against each other during the 1992 and 2000 seasons.
Villanova arrived in the Miami area on Sunday night after playing three games in the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte over the weekend. The most recent contest for the Wildcats was a 13-3 loss to Central Michigan on Sunday morning in a game where all of the runs were scored in the first five innings.
Trips to the Sunshine State have generally been successful ones under 13th year head coach Joe Godri, who is 40-36 (.526) during his coaching career in the state of Florida. That mark includes a record of 34-29 (.540) during Spring Breaks trips to the Sunshine State.
In the game against the Chippewas on Sunday, senior center fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) had two hits and played a part in all three Villanova runs. He doubled and scored in the bottom of the second inning and then tripled to drive in two runs in the bottom of the third. Sophomore third baseman Kevin Jewitt (West Chester, Pa.) went 1-for-2 with a run scored against Central Michigan and is currently leading the BIG EAST with a .455 batting average (15-for-33) on the year. He has reached base safely in all nine games and has hit safely in eight of the nine contests for Villanova, including four multi-hit games.
Miami is the first nationally-ranked opponent that the Wildcats will face this season. Last year Villanova played 13 of its 54 games versus ranked foes and came away with a 10-6 victory at No. 20 Notre Dame during the year.
Entering the series the Hurricanes are 5-5 on the year and most recently lost the final two games of a three-game set at Florida State over the weekend. Miami won the series opener, 3-1, before dropping the last two contests by scores of 10-2 and 13-6.
Following the conclusion of the series against the Hurricanes, the Wildcats are scheduled to play 31 of their final 45 regular season games at home at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, subject to field conditions as the entire region continues to thaw out from the unusually cold winter season.