Here is your Big East Recap for April 11th
Game 1: Cincinnati 7 Notre Dame 3 (7 innings)
Game 2: Notre Dame 6 Cincinnati 2
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team could not overcome a four-run eighth inning by Notre Dame as the Irish took the series finale, 6-2, Saturday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader. The loss dropped the Bearcats to 16-15 overall and 5-7 in the BIG EAST, while the Irish improved to 20-12 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
Junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) led UC with two hits and a RBI.
After Notre Dame was retired in order in its half of the first inning, UC crossed the plate twice in the first inning, courtesy of a RBI single off the bat of senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry), and a RBI fielder’s choice by Durham, to take a 2-0 lead.
Game 1: Louisville 1 Pittsburgh 0 (8 innings)
Game 2: Louisville 3 Pittsburgh 2 (10 innings)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nate Holland’s RBI single in the 10th inning capped the Louisville baseball team’s 3-2 comeback win over Pittsburgh and clinched a BIG EAST series sweep over the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th and junior second baseman Adam Duvall on second base, Holland, a sophomore outfielder from Louisville’s Trinity High School, sent the 2-1 pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Nathan Hood through the left side of the infield and into left field to score Duvall for Louisville (24-9, 8-4 BIG EAST), which trailed 2-0 entering the eighth inning. Duvall, who reached base in the 10th with a walk, had moved into scoring position on a balk by Hood to setup the Cards’ 16th comeback win of the season and their 20th home victory in 22 games.
Villanova 8 Seton Hall 4
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Senior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) and sophomore Mike Francisco (Malvern, Pa.) combined to pitch six scoreless innings out of the bullpen and Villanova (17-16, 3-9 Big East) won the rubber game of a three-game series against Seton Hall (15-14, 6-6 Big East) by an 8-4 score on Saturday afternoon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Wildcats won the final two games of the series after falling in extra innings in the opener.
After the start of the game was pushed back more than two hours due to heavy rain earlier in the day, the Pirates jumped out to two-run leads with two runs in both the top of the first and top of the third innings. Villanova was quick to answer, however, scoring two of its own in the bottom of the first and then taking the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the third.
South Florida 7 Georgetown 2
BETHESDA, Md. – The University of South Florida (22-11, 10-2) baseball team completed the three-game sweep of Georgetown (10-22, 3-9) with a 7-2 win, to hold on to a tie for first in the league with a 10-2 record.
West Virginia also owns a 10-2 BIG EAST record after a 2-1 weekend against St. John’s.
USF has swept three of its four BIG EAST weekends this season, starting with Rutgers, adding Pittsburgh last weekend and Georgetown this weekend. USF only had two league sweeps in their first three seasons in the BIG EAST, the first was in 2006 against Seton Hall and the second against Notre Dame in 2008.
West Virginia 16 St. John’s 2
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A nine-run scoring outburst in the eighth inning allowed the West Virginia University baseball team to pull away and defeat St. John’s, 16-2, on Saturday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game series at Hawley Field.
WVU took its fourth consecutive BIG EAST series to start off the conference season, the first time it has accomplished such a feat since joining the BIG EAST in 1996.
The Mountaineers (25-7, 10-2) reached their double-digit mark in conference wins courtesy of a relentless offensive attack and a superb performance from starting right-hander Billy Gross (5-2).