Feb. 28, 2014
Composite Schedule/Results | Statistics
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The week started with a pair of games postponed for BIG EAST teams.
On Wednesday, Georgetown was slated to take on Maryland Eastern Shore and Seton Hall was scheduled to battle Lehigh, but both contests were postponed because of inclement weather. The Hoyas are set to host UMES for a doubleheader on April 22, while the Pirates’ game against the Mountain Hawks has not been rescheduled yet.
All seven teams are set for action this weekend with one opponent change. Butler was set to take on Samford in a three-game series in Birmingham, Ala., starting Friday. Instead, the Bulldogs will play Samford on Friday and Sunday and take on Purdue on Saturday.
Friday’s action begins with Villanova competing at the Snowbird Baseball Classic at 11 a.m. against Nebraska-Omaha. Xavier takes on Bradley at 11:30 a.m. in Clarksville, Tenn. After an early afternoon break, there are games set for 4 p.m. with Creighton opening a series at Charlotte and Georgetown visiting UNC Greensboro. Butler opens at Samford at 6 p.m., St. John’s visits Florida Atlantic at 6:30 p.m. and Seton Hall takes on No. 22 Arizona at 8 p.m.
Seton Hall swept Richmond last weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season. The Pirate offense is humming with BIG EAST-bests in batting average (.290), runs (45), hits (62) and doubles (12). They’re also 15-of-16 in stolen base tries. On the whole, the BIG EAST has done well to put pressure on the opposition’s battery, stealing bases 43 of 63 times (68 percent).
While it was the Pirate bats that did the damage last week for them, it’s been the pitching that has Xavier out to its 4-2 start. The Musketeers dropped the last two games at then-No. 12 North Carolina last weekend after taking the series opener 2-1. All three games were one-run affairs. The Musketeers’ team ERA is a BIG EAST-leading 3.04, more than one run better than Georgetown’s 4.34. Adam Hall is third in the league with a 1.50 ERA and is 2-0 in 12 innings over his first two starts.
After losing its first four games, Creighton took the last two games of its series with Minnesota last weekend. BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year Mike Gerber has taken over the conference lead with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Another hot team entering the weekend is Georgetown. The Hoyas took all three against Hartford last weekend in Arlington, Va., with two requiring extra innings. Georgetown took Friday’s first game 4-3 in 13 innings on Nick Collins’ walk-off double. Collins struck again with an RBI single to give the Hoyas an 11-10 win in 11 innings to cap off Saturday’s wild finale. Hartford scored four times in the top of the 10th to take a 10-6 lead before Georgetown rattled off four runs of its own to force the 11th.
Villanova (2-4), Butler (1-4) and St. John’s (1-5) are all under the .500 mark and are looking to get closer to that benchmark this weekend.