Season Recap: Baseball

Max Petrunya

The baseball team got its first Big East road win of the season, splitting games this weekend against the Bearcats in Cincinnati. After a 13-4 loss on Friday, Villanova won the next two games.

Villanova racked up wins this week against Big 5 rivals Temple and St. Joe’s, 10-3 and 11-3, respectively. The team sits at 21-19 overall and 6-11 in the Big East, in a three-way tie for eighth place with West Virginia and Connecticut.

One of the biggest highlights of the season was the team’s opening Big East contest against the Louisville Cardinals. On March 24, senior Mike Loree allowed just four hits and no runs, throwing the first complete-game shutout of his college career. Throwing 60 percent of his pitches for strikes, Loree’s miraculous gem of a performance left the Big East’s leading offensive team stunned in its first conference game. The performance by the senior during the first half of a Big East double-dip for the Wildcats was nothing short of spectacular. Villanova beat Louisville 1-0 when junior Dan Terpak scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Wildcats still have three weeks left in their season, with series against WVU, Georgetown and Rutgers and a game against Temple thrown in the mix. Villanova’s season-ending three-game series against Big East rival Rutgers will have the Wildcats squaring off against the first-place Scarlet Knights before the start of the Big East tournament.