Here is your Big East Recap for March 28th.
Game 1: Rutgers 2 Cincinnati 0
Game 2: Rutgers 7 Cincinnati 4
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sophomore Jaren Matthews (Teaneck, N.J.) broke a scoreless tie with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in game one and freshman Charlie Law (Mainland, N.J.) posted 10 strikeouts to hold Cincinnati in check while Luis Feliz (New Brunswick, N.J.) put Rutgers ahead with a fifth-inning grand slam in game two as the Scarlet Knights swept a doubleheader from the Bearcats Saturday afternoon at Bainton Field. RU recorded a 2-0 victory in game one and took a 7-4 win game two.
With the pair of victories, the Scarlet Knights won the series from the Bearcats, taking two out of three games. RU improved to 11-13 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST, while UC fell to 13-10 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Rutgers starter Casey Gaynor (Toms River, N.J.) and Cincinnati starter Michael Hill were locked in a classic pitcher’s duel in the first game with eight scoreless frames for each hurler.
Game 1: Louisville 8 Seton Hall 6 (17 innings)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Senior shortstop John Dao scored on a single by sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond to plate the winning run as the 28th-ranked Louisville baseball team survived one of the longest games in school history to earn an 8-6 comeback win over Seton Hall in 17 innings in the first of two games between the two teams on Saturday at Owen T. Carroll Field.
The 17 innings on Saturday matched Louisville’s 17-inning, 3-2 win over St. Xavier College on May 24, 1909, as the longest games in school history. Saturday’s win over the Pirates required five hours, 30 minutes to complete and featured 12 total pitchers between the two teams (seven for Louisville, five for Seton Hall).
Louisville’s game-winning 17th inning started with Dao’s lead off walk off Seton Hall reliever Collin McGowan. After senior Kyle Cheesebrough successfully advanced Dao to second on a sacrifice bunt, the Cards’ captain moved to third on a wild pitch by McGowan. Richmond then singled to right center to score Dao and give the Cardinals a 7-6 advantage. Duvall walked to put runners on first and second, but Richmond was caught stealing at third on a pick-off play by the Pirates.
Game 2: Seton Hall 6 Louisville 0
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Sophomore Joe DiRocco (East Hanover, N.J.) (3-1) became the second Seton Hall pitcher to toss a complete game this weekend, allowing no runs on six hits striking out three, while junior Bobby Abreu (Piscataway, N.J.) went 2-for-5 with two RBI singles as the Pirates defeated Louisville, 6-0, in game two of the doubleheader Saturday at Owen T. Carroll Field. With the win, the Pirates win the series two-games-to-one over the Preseason BIG EAST favorite Cardinals.
Senior Chris Affinito (East Brunswick, N.J.) led off the bottom of the second inning with a single. After advancing as far as third base on wild pitches, freshman Charlie Rivera (Hazlet, N.J.) plated Affinito on a sacrifice fly. An error, a single, and a walk later, the Pirates loaded the bases as sophomore Ed Brown (Edison, N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly, and Abreu hit an RBI single for an early, 3-0, advantage.
Pittsburgh 15 Notre Dame 7
PITTSBURGH – Seven Panthers had at least one hit while three others finished the day with three hits as the University of Pittsburgh baseball team downed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 15-7, here today at Trees Field in the second of a three-game set.
Pitt (14-7, 3-2 Big East) racked up 13 hits in the game and forced the Irish to turn to their pen early and often. Corey Baker (New City, N.Y.-Clarkstown South) picked up his team-leading fourth win of the season after going six and two-thirds innings, scattering nine hits while striking out three. Ricky Breymier (Clarks Summit, Pa.-Lackawanna CC) came in relief, pitching two and a third innings, giving up two runs while tallying a game-high four strikeouts.
Joe Leonard (Dawson, Pa.-Connellsville), Nathan Hood (Cleburne, Texas-North Texas Central) and Zach Duggan (Cranberry Township, Pa.-Seneca Valley) each collected three hits with Hood totaling a game-high five RBI.
Game 1: UConn 12 South Florida 5
Game 2: South Florida 5 UConn 2
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut baseball team split the second day of its three-game series with South Florida on Saturday at J.O. Christian Field. Sophomore Elliot Glynn (Long Beach, Calif.) struck out a career-high 10 batters in the first game as the Huskies surpassed the Bulls 12-5. UConn fell 5-2 in the matinee.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, freshman George Springer (New Britain, Conn.) hit a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to put UConn ahead early. The Bulls came back with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Connecticut answered with a pair of its own with Peter Fatse (Hampden, Mass.) starting the bottom of the fourth with UConn’s second home run of the game. Red shirt sophomore Doug Elliot (Rocky Hill, Conn.) hit a two-run double for the 5-2 Husky lead.
Todd Brazeal singled to left center bringing in both South Florida runs in the fifth inning to come within a single run (5-4). UConn pulled away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Fatse hit an RBI single and a batter later Springer drove in a run with a double. Peter LaPage (Wolcott, Conn.) capped off the inning with a RBI single giving UConn an 8-4 edge.
Georgetown 10 St. John’s 5
Washington, D.C. – The Georgetown University baseball team used a solid pitching outing from starter Jimmy Saris, a big defensive play from catcher Greg Pustizzi and five home runs to defeat the St. John’s Red Storm on Saturday afternoon, 10-5.
Saris allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings pitched to earn the win. The senior right-hander no-hit the Red Storm through three innings and kept them scoreless through five. Cary Piligian got an inning-ending double play during his relief stint to keep the Hoyas in control and Jack Bender closed the game for the Blue & Gray.
Sean Baumann started things off with a solo home run in the second inning for a 1-0 Hoya lead. On the day, Baumann finished 3-for-3, raising his batting average to an even .440, while scoring three runs and driving in two.
West Virginia 12 Villanova 8
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Jedd Gyorko’s two-run home run over the center field wall in the sixth inning erased an early five-run deficit for the West Virginia University baseball team as it came back to defeat Villanova, 12-8, on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Ballpark in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Down 6-1 through the first inning, the Mountaineers (17-6, 4-1) chipped away with two runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings, followed by three more insurance runs in the seventh. Vince Belnome’s bases-loaded two-run double that barely stayed fair down the left field line increased WVU’s lead to 9-6. Tobias Streich followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to build a four-run advantage for WVU.