Feb. 22, 2004
ATLANTA, GA. - The Villanova baseball team jumped out to an early lead for the third straight game against No. 5 Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the sixth to defeat the Wildcats by the score of 4-1 on Sunday at Chandler Stadium. Freshman right-hander Kevin Mulvey was outstanding for the `Cats, blanking Georgia Tech for the first five innings before the Yellow Jackets (6-0) rallied in the sixth. The Wildcats fell to 3-3 overall on the season with Sunday's loss.
Starting pitchers Andrew Kown for Georgia Tech and Mulvey for Villanova cruised through the first three innings of the contest blanking the opposition.
The game went scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Wildcats put one run on the board to take a 1-0 lead. Junior third baseman Angelo Petracca led off the inning with a double to left field. Junior rightfielder Alan Day followed with an RBI single down the left-field line to plate Petracca with the game's first run.
It was the third straight game of the series in which Villanova scored first. The hit was the second of the game for Day, who extended his hitting streak to five games.
The Wildcats appeared primed to add to their lead in the top of the fifth inning as leftfielder Brian Newbold hammered a leadoff double to left-centerfield. After a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Brian Trotta advancing Newbold to third, Kown struck out Villanova catcher Jim Gillin and got second baseman Mark Cardillo to fly to centerfield for the final out of the inning.
Mulvey allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth, but stranded the runner by getting three long flyouts to keep the shutout intact.
The Yellow Jackets finally got to Mulvey in the bottom of the sixth inning. A two-out RBI single by right-fielder Jeremy Slayden plated Eric Patterson to tie the game at 1-1 for Georgia Tech. After a double by Micah Owings, senior left-hander Mike Ciccotelli came on in relief of Mulvey with two outs and runners at second and third. On a 1-2 count, first baseman Clifton Remole hit a three-run homer to left field to give Tech its first lead of the game at 4-1.
The Georgia Tech bullpen took control from there, shutting down the `Cats in the final innings to seal the 4-1 victory. Jason Neighborgall pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out three to earn the save.
Kown (1-0) picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets, striking out 11 and allowing just one run in six innings. Mulvey (0-1) took the loss, pitching five and two-thirds strong innings. He surrendered three runs on six hits and struck out four.
At the plate for the Wildcats, Day went three-for-three with one RBI. Trotta, Newbold and Petracca each tallied one hit apiece.
For Georgia Tech, Remole went two-for-three with a home run and three RBI, while Slayden went two-for-three with one RBI.
Villanova will get back into action on Feb. 27th, taking on St. Francis (N.Y.) at 2:00 p.m., at game one of the Papa Johns Homestead Challenge in Homestead, Fla.