Big East Recap for April 17th

(Courtesy of Cincinnati Media Relations)
(Courtesy of Cincinnati Media Relations)

Here is your Big East Recap for April 17th.

Cincinnati 11 St. John’s 8

JAMAICA, N.Y. – Senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) recorded a six-out save to become the University of Cincinnati’s all-time saves leader as the Bearcats downed St. John’s 11-8 Friday evening at Jack Kaiser Stadium. Geglein struck out four batters and scattered just two hits to earn his 16th career save, surpassing Curtis Moak, who recorded 15 career saves from 1998-01.

Cincinnati’s (17-17; 6-7 BIG EAST) seven-, eight-, and nine-hole hitters combined to go 5-for-13 with six RBI’s, including three RBI from junior Beach Brooks (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven).

St. John’s (19-13; 8-5 BIG EAST) crossed the plate first with a run in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Matt Kemp drew a four-pitch walk and then advanced into scoring position with a stolen base. Back-to-back ground outs moved Kemp to third base before crossing home plate, leading the Red Storm to a 1-0 lead.

Cincinnati Recap
St. John’s Recap

Connecticut 9 Georgetown 5

STORRS, Conn. – A two-run homerun by freshman Nick Ahmed led the University of Connecticut baseball team over Georgetown 9-5 in BIG EAST Conference play on Friday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.

UConn put together a five-run second inning and a four-run third inning to down the Hoyas and improve to 20-15 on the year and 7-6 in conference play. Georgetown falls to 10-23 overall and 3-10 in the league.

The Huskies took charge in the bottom of the second as freshman George Springer led off the inning with a line drive to Hoyas’ starting pitcher, Tim Adleman, who was able to get his body out of the way of the hit. The freshman then advanced to third on a Peter Fatse base hit up the middle before scoring as Mike Nemeth recorded his team-leading 44th hit of the season.

UConn Recap
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Louisville 6 Rutgers 1

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior lefty Justin Marks moved to the top of the Louisville baseball program’s career strikeout list while going the distance for his first ever complete game as the Cardinals earned a 6-1 series-opening win at Rutgers on Friday afternoon at Bainton Field.

An All-American from Owensboro, Ky., Marks had seven strikeouts on Friday to take his career total to 246 and surpass Brian Bentley’s 243 atop the all-time list at Louisville. Marks, who improved to 6-2 on the season, is now the Cards’ all-time leader in wins (25), ERA (2.66) and strikeouts in just three seasons in Louisville.

“It feels good to get that strikeout honor and to accomplish that goal,” said Marks. “With the complete game, I was really more concerned with getting into the eighth inning because I hadn’t done that yet this season. I wanted to keep the pitch count low and when Coach McDonnell sent me out in the ninth inning, I just wanted to close it out.”

Louisville Recap
Rutgers Recap

Pittsburgh 3 Seton Hall 1

PITTSBURGH — Pitt never looked back after Joe Leonard’s two-RBI double in the bottom half of the third inning, snapping a six-game losing streak today with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall University. Behind a strong outing, lefty Nate Reed picked up his second win of the season.

Reed (2-4) threw eight innings, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out four Pirate batters to notch his second win of the year and first since an 18-4 win over Cincinnati in the Big East Conference opener on March 20th.

The Panthers (18-13, 5-8 Big East) racked up 11 hits on the day, but managed just three runs against one the top pitching staffs in the Big East Conference.

Pittsburgh Recap
Seton Hall Recap

South Florida 6 Villanova 4

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The University of South Florida baseball team improved to 11-2 in BIG EAST play this season after defeating Villanova 6-4 on Friday afternoon.

The victory is the eighth BIG EAST win in a row for the Bulls, and improves their road conference record to 5-2 this season.

USF starting pitcher Randy Fontanez picked up his fourth victory of the year after pitching 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on just four hits and striking out four.

Joe Cole came on in relief of Fontanez in the seventh and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to get the save.

South Florida Recap
Villanova Recap

West Virginia 19 Notre Dame 3

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Two three-run home runs by Jedd Gyorko and Justin Parks helped power the West Virginia University baseball team to a 19-3 victory over Notre Dame on Friday evening at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

The Mountaineers (28-7, 11-2) scored 13 of their runs with two outs. Entering the contest, WVU was batting .273 in two-out situations, but continuously did most of its damage with an array of extra base hits to break open the game during the middle innings.

WVU’s 19-3 victory gives Notre Dame its worst home loss since playing at Frank Eck Stadium in 1994. Every WVU player reached base in the contest, highlighted by Tobias Streich’s 4-for-6 performance with three doubles and three RBIs.

West Virginia Recap
Notre Dame Recap