Long Ball Helps Allen, Wildcats Tame Terriers
Feb. 28, 2004
HOMESTEAD, FLA. - The Villanova baseball team got home runs from seniors Adrian Schau and Brian Newbold and junior right-hander Nick Allen threw seven shutout innings to help the Wildcats defeat St. Francis (N.Y.), 5-0, on Friday, Feb. 27th at the Papa John's Homestead Challenge. The `Cats improved to 4-3 overall on the season with the win. The Terriers fell to 0-1 on the year with Friday afternoon's loss.
Schau gave Villanova its first lead of the contest in the second inning, hitting a solo home run to left-centerfield off of St. Francis starter Tom Curry. The home run was his first of the 2004 season.
The Wildcats added to their advantage in the fourth inning, putting four more runs on the board to increase their lead to 5-0. The big blow came on a three-run home run by Newbold on a 3-2 count - his first long ball of the year.
Allen scattered eight hit over seven shutout innings for the `Cats before giving way to freshman Bill Hoffman in the eighth. Hoffman pitched a scoreless eight but walked two batters to begin the ninth and was relieved by junior right-hander Mike Grodecki. Grodecki went on to strike out the side to complete the 5-0 shutout for Villanova.
The win was Allen's first of the season, improving his record to 1-0. He shutout the Terriers through seven innings, striking out three and allowing eight hits. Allen has surrendered just three earned runs in 18.1 innings this season for a 1.47 ERA.
At the plate for the Wildcats, Newbold was one-for-four with a home run and three RBI. Schau went one-for-two with a walk, hit by pitch and one RBI. In addition, junior Mark Cardillo went two-for-four and junior Alan Day went one-for-three to extend his hit streak to six games.
Taking the loss for St. Francis was Curry (0-1), who allowed two runs on six hits in three and two-thirds innings, striking out four and walking three. Offensively for the Terriers, Mike Molinini was two-for-three.
Villanova will get back into on Saturday, traveling to Florida International to play an afternoon matinee at 1:00 p.m.