Annual Fall Classic Opens on Wednesday Afternoon
Oct. 1, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - It has already been a busy fall season for the Villanova baseball team, which hosted its annual Scout Day last month in addition to enjoying an extremely successful golf outing for alumni and friends of the program. One of the favorite events of the fall is still to come however, as the Wildcats kick off their annual Fall Classic on Wednesday afternoon.
The best-of-three series pits the Blue Team against the White Team in an intra-squad matchup that allows the Villanova players a chance to build on the progress they have made during fall ball in a competitive game environment. First pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. and the game is scheduled for nine innings. Games two and three in the series will be held next week and will each be seven-inning games.
Rosters for the Blue and White teams were announced today, along with pitching matchups for the first two games of the series. Each team has a designated player-coach who played a role in determining the final rosters for the Fall Classic. Senior pitchers Matt Meurer (Blue) and Chris Haggarty (White) are the respective player-coaches for their teams.
In the series opener on Wednesday afternoon the Blue Team will send junior right-hander JB Kole to the mound against freshman lefty Hunter Schryver from the White Team. Game two of the series is scheduled for next Tuesday (Oct. 8) and will feature freshman righty Donovan Armas (Blue) against junior southpaw Jeff Courter (White). The final game of the series is next Wednesday (Oct. 9). Games two and three each begin at 3:30 p.m.
"The two teams are as evenly matched as I think they could be," Wildcats head coach Joe Godri said. "The players take a lot of pride in our Fall Classic and all three games are going to be hard-fought."
BLUE TEAM ROSTER
Position Players: Max Beermann (INF/P), B.J. Bochicchio (OF/INF), Todd Czinege (INF), John Fabriziani (C/INF), Adam Goss (INF/OF), Kevin Jewitt (INF), Alexander Masotto (OF), Donovan May (OF), Mike Mecca (OF), Alexander Retamar (C/INF), Kevin Rojko (OF)
WHITE TEAM ROSTER
Position Players: Brandon Carr (INF/OF), John Cialone (C), Nicolas Coutre (OF), Luke Emling (OF/P), Connor Jones (OF), Eric Lowe (INF), Derrick May, Jr. (OF), Emmanuel Morris (C/INF/OF), Jeremy Streich (INF/OF), Brian Trabulsi (INF)