Here is your Big East Recap for April 24th.
Seton Hall 2 Georgetown 0
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Junior starter Sean Black (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) (4-4) struck out six batters across eight scoreless innings, while senior Chris Affinito (East Brunswick, N.J.) delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh as the Pirates defeated Georgetown, 2-0, Friday evening at Owen T. Carroll Field. With the win, the Pirates (17-19, 7-9) have won two-in-a-row, and snapped their five-game BIG EAST losing streak.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, junior Michael Rogers (Portland, Ore.) reached base on a one-out bunt past the pitcher on the right side of the infield. Sophomore Ed Brown (Edison, N.J.) was hit by a pitch and each runner moved up a base on a wild pitch prior to senior Matt Smedberg (Rockaway, N.J.) being hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs, Affinito stepped into a two-strike pitch to rip a single through the left side of the infield scoring Rogers and Brown for the, 2-0, advantage.
Louisville 8 Notre Dame 7
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Alec Lowrey’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Louisville baseball team to an 8-7 walk-off win over Notre Dame in front of 2,122 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium in Friday night’s BIG EAST series opener between the two teams.
Pinch hitting for catcher Jeff Arnold with the bases loaded and only one out, Lowrey, from Weston, Fla., sent the first pitch he saw from Notre Dame reliever Steven Mazur over the head of rightfielder Brayden Ashdown, where it bounced over the wall in right field to score first baseman Andrew Clark and pinch runner Nate Holland for the Cards’ 19th come-from-behind win this season and their fifth walk-off win.
“Sending Alec out there to pinch hit in the ninth inning was the only good decision I made all night,” said Cards’ head coach Dan McDonnell. “It certainly wasn’t my best night of coaching, but I’m so proud for Alec. He’s a talented senior, who’s not in the everyday lineup, but he was ready to go when we needed him tonight and that’s a credit to him.”
St. John’s 8 UConn 5
STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore Paul Karmas was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead the St. John’s baseball team past UConn, 8-5. Jimmy Parque was 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Gino Matias was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles to lead St. John’s (22-14, 10-6). Kevin Kilpatrick (2-1) earned the win, allowing five runs, four earned, in 5.0 innings. Dale Brannon was 4-for-5 and Peter Fatse had a two-run home run to pace UConn (22-18, 8-8). John Folino (5-3) took the loss, surrendering six runs in 5.0 innings.
With one out in the first Parque and Tim Morris put together back-to-back singles up the middle, but Folino kept the Red storm off the board.
UConn took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. After striking out the lead off batter, Kilpatrick allowed a single into center field to Brannon. Brannon advanced to second on a ground out and came around to score on a George Springer RBI double.
Cincinnati 16 Villanova 2
CINCINNATI – Behind two home runs from senior Cameron Satterwhite (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) and a season-high 6.0 innings from senior Billy Welsh (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake), the University of Cincinnati powered past Villanova University 16-2 in the opener of a three-game BIG EAST Conference series Friday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. Satterwhite finished 3-for-6 with four RBI, while Welsh earned his first win of the season.
Junior Lance Durham (Forest Park, Ohio/Roger Bacon) finished with four hits to lead the Bearcats, while junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) drove in three runs.
South Florida 8 West Virginia 3
TAMPA, FLA. – The West Virginia University baseball team lost to USF in game one, 8-3, on Friday evening at Red McEwen Field in Tampa, Fla.
WVU’s loss compounded with Louisville’s 8-7 victory over Notre Dame puts the Mountaineers (28-10, 11-5) in third place in the BIG EAST. Starter Jarryd Summers took the loss after giving up seven runs, including five earned, on nine hits with five strikeouts.
The Sharpsville, Pa., native also tossed 122 pitches and was plagued by a critical four-run inning in the third that was highlighted by a two-run home run by Todd Brazeal, the first round-tripper Summers has given up since facing Siena on March 13.