CLEARWATER — Morning rains pushed the opening day of the Big East baseball tournament back about two hours, but the weather cleared in time for No. 8 seed Villanova to stun top-seeded St. John's 12-0 at Bright House Field.
USF's game against third-seeded Notre Dame didn't start until after 10 p.m. and wasn't complete at presstime. Look online at blogs.tampabay.com/usf for a result.
Villanova, which didn't clinch a spot in the double-elimination tournament until last week, scored in every inning, beating the Red Storm convincingly enough to invoke the tournament's 10-run mercy rule after seven innings.
St. John's (41-13) wasn't able to start Big East pitcher of the year George Brown, who pitched six innings Saturday.
The Red Storm went with senior left-hander Matt Tosoni, who came in with a 1.61 ERA. Tosoni lasted only two innings and took his first loss of the season.
The league's regular-season champion plays in an elimination game at 10 a.m. today against seventh seed West Virginia.
Villanova (29-26) got two home runs from shortstop Derek Shunk, who went 4-for-5, and a grand slam from James Dolbier, who finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Sophomore Brian Streilein pitched seven shutout innings for the win.
CINCINNATI 11, W. VA. 5: The second-seeded Bearcats (37-19) jumped to a 7-0 lead in the second inning, getting a three-run triple from third baseman Mike Spina.
West Virginia starter Matt Yurish recorded only three outs, giving up seven runs on four hits and four walks.
Cincinnati's Dan Osterbrock left with two outs in the ninth, improving to 9-2 on the year.
LOUISVILLE 12, SETON HALL 3:
The fourth-seeded Cardinals (38-19) led the Pirates 6-0 after two innings and finished with 16 hits, including four from leadoff hitter John Dao.
Louisville had seven doubles and a solo home run by Dao, and the Cardinals advance to play Villanova today at 5 p.m., where the winner advances to Friday's semifinals.
Seton Hall got a solo home run from Chris Affanito, who also had two errors.