Here is your Big East Recap for May 2nd.
Cincinnati 4 South Florida 2
TAMPA, Fla. – Senior Michael Hill (Proctorville, Ohio/Fairland) pitched eight innings and struck out eight men leading the University of Cincinnati baseball team to a 4-2 win over USF Saturday night at Red McEwen Field. The UC win handed USF its first home loss in conference play. Senior Jake Geglein (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) entered the game in the ninth inning and retired the side in order earning his seventh save of the season. The save also gave Geglein nine career saves in BIG EAST-only action, which is tied for 10th in BIG EAST history.
Senior Mike Spina (Newberry, Fla./Newberry) finished 2-for-4 at the dish, including a home run, and drove in two of UC’s four runs.
The Bearcats struck first in the second inning and it was all started by sophomore Chris Peters (Tipp City, Ohio/Tipp City). Peters singled with one out and then stole second base to move into scoring position. During the next at-bat, junior Jimmy Jacquot (Swansea, Ill./Belleville East) fell behind in the count, one ball, two strikes, but came through with a RBI single through the left side placing UC in front, 1-0.
UConn 8 Notre Dame 3
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – George Springer recorded his team-leading 14th homerun of the year giving him the UConn record for most homeruns by a freshman in a single season as the University of Connecticut baseball team downed Notre Dame 8-3 in BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday afternoon.
Springer put the Huskies up early with a three-run shot over the right field wall, marking his 14th homerun and 50th RBI of the year.
The Huskies, now 27-20 on the year, even their record to 10-10 in conference play as Notre Dame’s record drops to 26-19 overall and 10-10 in the BIG EAST.
Suspended May 1st Game: Louisville 10 Villanova 4
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The Louisville Cardinals added three runs in the ninth inning to earn a 10-4 win over Villanova on Saturday at Villanova Ballpark in the completion of Friday’s suspended series-opening game. The two teams played the first six innings on Friday evening before darkness led to the game being suspended.
As the game resumed on Saturday, Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell sent out freshman righty Derek Self to take over on the mound for sophomore lefty Dean Kiekhefer, who allowed only one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings to pick up the win and improve to 4-4 on the season in his eighth start overall. Self earned his first career save with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief allowing three hits with three strikeouts. Villanova’s starter on Friday, sophomore righty Chris Pack, allowed seven earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 3-5 on the season.
Louisville 9 Villanova 2
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Junior lefty Justin Marks allowed only three hits and one earned run, while six Louisville batters finished with two hits on the day as the Cardinals rolled to a 9-2 series-clinching win over Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Villanova Ballpark.
The 9-2 win, which was preceded by a 10-4 Louisville victory in the completion of Friday’s suspended game, clinched the Cards’ fifth conference series win and their seventh series victory overall this season. The series finale is set for Sunday at 12:15 p.m. ET.
Louisville’s career leader in wins, strikeouts and ERA, Marks improved to 7-2 on the season with Saturday’s win and is now 25-6 in his career with 263 strikeouts in 266.2 innings and an ERA of 2.77. Villanova starter Brian Streilein allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings to earn the loss and fall to 3-8 on the season.
Game 1: Georgetown 7 Pittsburgh 5
Game 2: Pittsburgh 6 Georgetown 5
Washington, D.C. – The Georgetown University baseball team won the first game of their BIG EAST doubleheader with Pittsburgh this afternoon, 7-5, before falling late in the night-cap, 6-5. In the first game, senior Tommy Lee’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot to dead-center in the seventh inning, proved to be the difference for the Hoyas. Freshman Jared Cohen threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to earn his first win in the Blue & Gray. In the second contest, Tim Adleman came within two outs of a complete-game victory and Sean Lamont hit his 12th homer of the season, but the Panthers rallied and earned a Saturday split.
Rutgers 12 West Virginia 7
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Juniors Jarred Jimenez (Monroe, N.J.) and Dan Betteridge (Sewell, N.J.) combined to drive in seven runs and lead the Rutgers baseball team to a 12-7 victory over West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field in Morgantown, W. Va. to even the series at a game apiece. The win, which snapped a five-game losing streak, improved the Scarlet Knights to 18-27 overall and 5-15 in the BIG EAST as they seek one of the final remaining spots in the BIG EAST Tournament at the end of the month.
Each Scarlet Knight collected two hits on the afternoon with Jimenez brining home four runs and Betteridge driving in three.
Game 1: St. John’s 4 Seton Hall 1 (7 innings)
Game 2: Seton Hall 8 St. John’s 7 (13 innings)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Seton Hall junior Michael Rogers (Portland, Ore.) scored on a failed pick-off attempt in the bottom of the 13th inning as the Pirates overcame a five run deficit in game two of a double header to defeat St. John’s, 8-7 after falling in game one, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Owen T. Carroll Field.