Here is your Big East Recap for April 9th
Uconn 10 Rutgers 5
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Freshman George Springer recorded his team-leading ninth homerun of the season and third in the last two days as the University of Connecticut baseball team crushed Rutgers 10-5 in BIG EAST Conference action at Bainton Field on Thursday afternoon.
Springer put the Huskies up 3-0 in the top of the first inning as he homered over the right field wall to give UConn an early lead. Harold Brantley, Jr. led off today’s contest with a bunt single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Dale Brannon. Matt Burnett followed with a single to put runners on the corners before Springer’s blast gave UConn the three-run advantage.
Cincinnati 5 Notre Dame 4 (11 innings)
CINCINNATI – Trailing 4-2 heading into its half of the 11th inning, the University of Cincinnati baseball team rallied to score three runs to defeat the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series Thursday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. The win pushed Cincinnati (15-14; 4-6 BIG EAST) to 2-0 in extra-inning contests this season.
Four Bearcat players registered two hits in the game, including senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller), who collected the walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning.
Junior Jamel Scott (Dublin, Ohio) scored two runs for the Red and Black and tied a career-high with four stolen bases. Senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) earned his second win in as many games improving to 3-1 overall. Scott kicked off the Bearcat first inning with a four-pitch walk and stole second and third base during the next two at-bats to move into scoring position. With two outs and Scott on third base, junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) singled past the first baseman, putting Cincinnati on top, 1-0.
Louisville 7 Pittsburgh 3
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior lefty Justin Marks moved to the top of Louisville’s all-time win list, while sophomore Phil Wunderlich delivered a game-winning three-run home run just two days after being hit in the face by a pitch and suffering a broken nose and fractured orbital bone to lead the Cardinals to a series-opening 7-3 victory over BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh on Thursday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Marks, from Owensboro, Ky., allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts in 7.0 innings to improve to 5-2 this season, earn career win No. 23 as a Louisville Cardinal and surpass Brian Bentley (1997-2000) on top of the Cards’ win list. Marks is 23-6 overall in his collegiate career and with his six strikeouts on Thursday, he has 239 career strikeouts in 244.2 innings and is only five K’s away from passing Bentley as the program’s all-time strikeout leader.
For Wunderlich, it’s been a memorable week as the Chicago native hit a career-high three home runs in last Sunday’s nationally televised game at Cincinnati, was hit in the face on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 15-1 home win over Indiana and was not expected to play in today’s game because of swelling from the injuries to his face. However, after hours of treatment with trainer Pat Hassell and the addition of mask on his batting helmet, Wunderlich participated in batting practice prior to the game, was in the lineup as the Cards’ designated hitter and delivered the game-winning home run.
Game 1: Seton Hall 4 Villanova 2 (11 innings)
Game 2: Villanova 10 Seton Hall 4
VILLANOVA, PA. — The Seton Hall baseball team took game one of the doubleheader against Villanova, 4-2, in 11 innings, however fell to the Wildcats, 10-4, in game two Thursday afternoon in Villanova.
In game one, after Matt McFolling singled in the first run of the game in the home half of the first inning, the Pirates came right back in the top of the second to tie the game.
Sophomore Frank Esposito (Staten Island, N.Y.) hit a one-out double to center field, and came around to score on an RBI double by junior Michael Rogers (Portland, Ore.).
South Florida 11 Georgetown 3
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USF baseball team secured its 20th victory of the 2009 season, scoring 11 runs on 11 hits to defeat Georgetown, 11-3, in the first of a three-game series on Thursday afternoon. The Bulls improved to 20-11 overall and 8-2 in BIG EAST play with the win while the Hoyas moved to 10-20 with a 3-7 conference mark.
Right-hander Randy Fontanez earned the win for USF – his third of the season – giving up 11 hits and three earned runs while striking out five and walking two in 8.0 innings of work.
Sophomore Stephen Hunt, senior Chris Rey and freshman Daniel Rockhold each posted a two-hit outing and scored at least once.
West Virginia 9 St. John’s 3
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Jarryd Summers pitched eight strong innings and Austin Markel delivered a third-inning grand slam to lead West Virginia to a 9-3 victory over St. John’s Thursday night at Hawley Field.
Summers allowed just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings to improve to 5-1 on the season.
“I just went out there and threw my fastball,” Summers said. “My breaking ball wasn’t working as well but I just threw the ball in the strike zone with my fastball and let my defense make plays behind me.”
Markel was one of five Mountaineers with more than two hits as West Virginia collected 14 hits against two Red Storm pitchers