Feb. 20, 2005
SAVANNAH, Ga.---In its final game at the Savannah State Tournament, Villanova (1-1-1) saw its offense explode for 18 hits and 10 runs, but the end result was a 10-10 tie with Navy (1-1-1). The teams were forced to halt the game after the eighth inning so that the Wildcats could make their flight back to Philadelphia.
After collecting just eight total hits in its first two games at the tournament, Villanova matched that total in the first three innings, tagging Midshipmen starter Ryan Hefner for eight runs on 13 hits in his 2.2 innings of work. The offense for both teams was prevalent from the start, and the game was tied 8-8 after just three innings.
The Wildcats regained the lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh allowed Navy to tie the score. Villanova was unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the top of the eighth, but was then able to hold off the surging Midshipmen in the bottom half of the inning.
Senior outfielder Alan Day (Lake Ridge, Va.) produced the finest all-around game of his collegiate career. Day was 5-for-5 with three runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. He wound up just one hit short of a cycle after rapping out three singles, a double and a solo homerun. Senior third baseman Angelo Petracca (Sanford, Fla.) collected two hits and drove in three runs, with all those coming on a three-run homer in the top of the first that spotted the Wildcats a quick 3-0 lead. Junior centerfielder Kris Molloy (Hillsborough, N.J.) and freshman shortstop Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) each had three hits on the afternoon, and junior first baseman Jeremy Hunt (Tampa, Fla.) had two hits, including a two-run double that capped a five-run third inning.
Villanova extended a 3-2 lead to an 8-2 margin with the outburst in the third inning. The Wildcats threw off the Navy defense with three infield hits in the inning, including back-to-back infield singles by senior second baseman Mark Cardillo (Naples, Fla.) and Molloy that scored runs.
Undeterred, however, the Midshipmen fought back with six runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Jonathan Johnston and Jared Munde each had two-run doubles in the inning. Munde wound up with three hits and four RBI, as Navy accumulated 12 hits for the day.
Villanova returns to action next weekend when it plays a three-game series at Norfolk State. The Wildcats play a doubleheader on Saturday before competing in a single game on Sunday. Villanova swept three games from Norfolk State last season.