March 22, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa.--The last time Villanova hosted Cornell current junior right-handed pitcher Pat Young (The Woodlands, Texas) earned his first collegiate victory with four hitless innings of relief and five strikeouts during a 6-3 win. Two years removed from that game Young is now the ace of the Wildcats staff and will take the mound on Friday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series between Villanova and the Big Red. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. and the other games in the series are set for Saturday at 1:15 and Sunday at 12:15.
Young (1-1, 3.54 ERA) earned an impressive list of awards this week after pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out 18 batters in an 8-2 win over Chicago State last week. In addition to being named BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, Young also earned national player of pitcher of the week honors from College Baseball Newspaper, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association and College Baseball Insider.
Entering the weekend the Wildcats have a 5-12 overall record after falling 12-5 to Penn on Wednesday afternoon. Villanova won two of three games at home last weekend while hosting the Big Five Baseball Bash and will look to have another successful weekend in its final series before the start of BIG EAST play.
Young, sophomore left-hander Josh Harris (Streamwood, Ill.) and senior righty Stephen Ostapeck (Sacramento, Calif.) have formed a terrific weekend starting rotation for the Wildcats so far this season. The trio has combined to start 12 of the 18 games Villanova has played and their aggregate stats include 71.0 innings pitched, only 70 hits allowed, 61 strikeouts and a composite 2.91 ERA.
From an offensive standpoint the Wildcats have gotten steady production from seniors Paul Rambaud (Chicago, Ill.) and Steve Schrenk (Brigantine, N.J.), who have each started every game this season. Rambaud stole two bases in a game for the third time this season at Penn, while Schrenk singled and walked to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 13 straight games.
Cornell comes into this weekend riding a four-game winning streak which as improved the team's record to 8-5 on the season. In a two-game midweek series the Big Red won consecutive one-run games at Davidson by scores of 10-9 and 3-2, respectively.
Villanova head coach Joe Godri is 5-1 in his career against Cornell, with the only loss coming back in 2004. The teams played three times at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth that season, with the Wildcats winning two of the three games.