Friday, February 24, 2012

College roundup: 2/24 - Villanova snaps three-game skid

PBR - Tyler Sciacca dragged a bunt down the third base line in the eighth inning to score Jordan Zech and lift Villanova over Norfolk State on Friday in Virginia, 2-1.

Pat Young notched the win with nine strikeouts over seven innings for the Wildcats, walking one and scattering five hits. Matt Lengel tossed a pair of scoreless innings to pick up the save.

Matt Calbi opened the eighth for the Wildcats and reached after being hit by a pitch. Steve Schrenk followed with a walk and both advanced on a Matt Fleishman sacrifice bunt. Calbi went on to score on a sacrifice fly by Connor Jones and Zech, who entered as a pinch runner for Schrenk earlier in the frame, scored on Sciacca's drag bunt single.

The Spartans opened the scoring in the fourth with a Chris Warren RBI-triple to pull ahead 1-0.

The two clubs will meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Stephen Ostapeck is scheduled to start for the Wildcats.

In Other Local Action

Temple 7   North Carolina A&T 2 (suspended, T3)
The Owls erupted for five runs in the third to break a 2-2 tie before rains forced the contest to come to a halt. The game will resume Saturday prior to the already scheduled second game of the series.

La Salle 11   Gardner-Webb 3
Eric Van Wyk scattered five hits over six innings and struck out four as the Explorers thrashed the Runnin' Bulldogs. Due to six errors by G-W, just five of La Salle's 11 runs were actually earned. Jeff Flax went 2-for-6 with three RBIs and Dan Klem finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs to pace the Explorers' offense.

East Tennessee State 12   Saint Joseph's 4 
ETSU put up a nine spot in the second inning on 10 hits, blowing the contest wide open. Stefan Kancylarz led the Hawks' offense with a 4-for-5 performance and two RBIs. Kyle Mullen surrendered 12 hits and 10 runs in 1 1/3 inning of work.

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