St. John’s 16 Cincinnati 8
QUEENS, N.Y. – Sophomore Joe Panik had five RBI and two of St. John’s five home runs in a 16-8 victory against Cincinnati. Greg Hopkins, Joe Witkowski and Tim Morris each added home runs and every Red Storm starter had at least one hit. Hopkins had three RBI, while Morris and Witkowski added two apiece to lead St. John’s (20-13, 9-5). Bruce Kern (3-2) earned the win, tallying 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. T.J. Jones, Mike Spina and Jimmy Jacquot each homered for Cincinnati (17-18, 6-8).
The Bearcats took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After striking out the first batter of the game, Kern plunked Cameron Satterwhite before issuing back-to-back walks to load the bases. Justin Riddell then plated a run with an RBI fielder’s choice before Kern ended the frame with his second strikeout.
UConn 10 Georgetown 2
STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore Mike Nemeth went 3-for-5 with five RBI as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Georgetown 10-2 in Saturday afternoon’s BIG EAST Conference match-up.
UConn moves to 21-15 on the year and 8-6 in conference play after the victory, while Georgetown drops to 10-24 overall and 3-11 in BIG EAST play.
Sophomore starting pitcher, Elliot Glynn pitched a solid seven innings for the Huskies in today’s contest as he allowed just two runs, six hits and one walked batter. He also struck out seven en route to his third victory of the season.
Louisville 7 Rutgers 4
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sophomore righty Thomas Royse matched a career high with 10 strikeouts to earn his third straight win while the Louisville Cardinals turned their second triple play in 18 days to end Saturday’s series-clinching 7-4 win over Rutgers at Bainton Field.
With Louisville (26-10, 10-4 BIG EAST) leading 7-4 in the ninth inning, Rutgers’ first two hitters reached base with singles off Cards’ freshman closer Tony Zych to set the stage for the game-ending triple play. Second baseman Dan Perrine followed with a line drive to Cards’ first baseman Andrew Clark, who stepped on first base for the second out and then threw to senior shortstop John Dao at the second base bag for the third and final out. Louisville turned its first triple play of the season and the first ever at Jim Patterson Stadium on April 1 in the fifth inning of its 5-4 win over Ball State.
Pittsburgh 5 Seton Hall 2
PITTSBURGH – For the second straight day, the University of Pittsburgh baseball team used an explosive three-run inning to upend visiting Seton Hall University. The Panthers clinched their third Big East series win of the 2009 season with a 5-2 win over the Pirates here today at Trees Field.
Starting pitcher Corey Baker (5-2) threw his second complete game of the season and limited the Pirates to just five hits and two runs, striking out six while picking up his fifth win of the season. SHU’s Keith Cantwell (4-2) lasted seven and two-thirds innings, giving up 11 hits and five runs while striking out four in the losing effort.
Pitt (19-13, 6-8 Big East) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second with Danny Lopez’s second home run of the season, a solo shot that was hammered over the left field wall.
Villanova 11 South Florida 7
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Senior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) hit a game-winning two-run home run and classmate Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.) homered two batters later as part of a six-run eighth inning that lifted Villanova (18-17, 4-10 Big East) to an 11-7 victory over USF (23-14, 11-3 Big East) on Saturday afternoon at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.
After surrendering its game-long lead in the top of the eighth inning, the Wildcats had two outs and a runner on in the bottom of the eighth when Rosati crushed a 1-and-2 pitch over the fence in right-center field for his second career home run and first since his freshman season. His blast put Villanova back in front, 7-6, and the Wildcats continued to pour it on with McFolling’s second home run of the game and later a two-run single by freshman Kevin Wager (Chester, Va.).
Game 1: Notre Dame 8 West Virginia 6
Game 2: Notre Dame 3 West Virginia 0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Junior Eric Maust (Alpharetta, Ga.) threw a complete game shutout, the first of his career, as the Irish blanked BIG EAST leader West Virginia, 3-0, in the second game of a doubleheader at Eck Stadium Saturday night. The complete game was the second of the day for the Irish, as Brian Dupra went the distance in game one. It was the second time this season that the Irish have recorded back-to-back complete game victories, with the first two coming against Villanova at Eck Stadium on April 3-4 (Cole Johnson and Dupra).