Here is the Big East Recap for May 1st.
South Florida 8 Cincinnati 2
TAMPA – The league-leading University of South Florida baseball team continued their winning ways Friday night beating Cincinnati 8-2.
USF improved their record to 29-16 overall and 16-3 in BIG EAST play, while Cincinnati falls to 23-20 overall and 10-9 in the BIG EAST.
The Bulls were carried by two sophomores, pitcher Randy Fontanez and right fielder Stephen Hunt.
Fontanez improved his season record to 6-3 and his BIG EAST record to 6-1 on the year. He threw nine innings, allowing six hits and two runs, while striking out seven and walking two. He threw his fifth complete game of the season, and second straight, while throwing 119 pitches.
UConn 8 Notre Dame 5
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Matt Burnett used a bases loaded single to center field to score the Huskies’ game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning as the University of Connecticut baseball team defeated Notre Dame 8-5 in BIG EAST Conference action on Friday night in South Bend, Ind.
With the score tied at five and the bases loaded, Burnett’s base hit in the seventh inning scored freshman George Springer and sophomore Mike Nemeth to give the Huskies a 7-5 advantage.
UConn picked up their final run of the ballgame as Joe Pavone reached base on his first triple of the season before he scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by freshman Nick Ahmed.
West Virginia 13 Rutgers 1
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A five-run flurry in the eighth inning sealed a 13-1 victory for the West Virginia University baseball team over Rutgers on Friday evening at Hawley Field.
Starting right-hander Jarryd Summers (7-2) had another impressive performance in the win. The Sharpsville, Pa., resident recorded his fourth double-digit strikeout total this season, fanning 10 batters on five hits in 7.2 innings pitched. Summers is among the BIG EAST leaders with 79 strikeouts this season, sitting just 10 strikeouts shy of 10th place on the school’s single-season list.
Summers surrendered a leadoff home run to Michael Lang in the first inning, then settled down the rest of the way. The sophomore threw a sharp, biting curve ball that repeatedly froze the opposition, helping to lower his conference-best opponent average to .230.
St. John’s 12 Seton Hall 2
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Freshman Kevin Kilpatrick allowed just two runs in 7.0 innings and the St. John’s bats pounded out 19 hits in a 12-2 win against Seton Hall. Paul Karmas and Matt Wessinger each had three hits and three RBI to lead St. John’s (26-15, 13-6). Jimmy Parque added four hits, while Joe Panik had three hits. Kilpatrick (3-1) retired the first batter in all seven innings, and finished with four strikeouts. Chris Affinito was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to pace Seton Hall
St. John’s took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to three singles. After Parque extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a one out single in the first inning, Karmas followed with a slow rolling infield single. Following a passed ball that allowed both runners to advance, Panik gave St. John’s a 1-0 lead with an infield single deep in the hole at second base.
Kilpatrick retired the first four batters before allowing a single to Sean Gusrang. After walking Frank Esposito, Kilpatrick tallied a strikeout and fielded a grounder to end the inning.
Louisville 7 Villanova 4 (Susp. B6)
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Friday’s Louisville-Villanova baseball game at Villanova Park was suspended after the sixth inning due to darkness with the Cardinals leading 7-4. The game will be completed on Saturday at noon and will be followed by Saturday’s regularly-scheduled nine-inning game.
The start of Friday’s game at Villanova Park, which does not have lights, was delayed one hour, 32 minutes due to rain, which allowed darkness to delay the game after approximately two hours of baseball.
Through the first six innings, the Cardinals have seven runs on eight hits, including two for junior first baseman Andrew Clark, while the Wildcats have four runs on six hits. Sophomore lefty Dean Kiekhefer made his eighth start of the season for Louisville allowing only one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts in the 6.0 innings, while Villanova starter Chris Pack allowed seven earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings.