April 28, 2010
CAMDEN, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's baseball team dropped Wednesday evening's game with the rival Villanova Wildcats by a 4-0 score on a cool night at Campbell's Field. The Hawk bats were kept off balance by four different Villanova pitchers, combining for the Wildcats' third shutout of the season.
Villanova (23-16) scored first in the top of the fourth as Chris Johnson hit a titanic blast off the scoreboard in right field to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
VU doubled the lead to two in the fifth on a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Dain Hall.
Saint Joseph's (15-20) had two runners on with two out in the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Julian Diaz retired the side on a fielder's choice to escape the threat.
The Wildcats doubled the lead once again in the top of the eighth as Matt Szczur hit a solo home run to right and Matt Fleishman ripped an RBI single through the right side.
The Hawks once again put runners on first and second with two out, but Wildcat closer Mike Francisco came on to get a strikeout to end the inning before sending the Hawks down in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Chad Simendinger made the midweek start for Saint Joseph's and acquitted himself well, giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out on in three innings. Dominic Favazza worked two innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on just one hit while walking one and striking out two. He took the loss to fall to 1-4.
Villanova's Kevin Crimmel worked three innings for his fifth win of the year.
SJU returns to the diamond on Friday afternoon for an Atlantic 10 tilt at Richmond. First pitches for the series are slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Gametracker will be available via www.sjuhawks.com.