Feb. 28, 2004
MIAMI, FLA. - On Saturday, Feb. 28th, in Miami, Fla., the Villanova baseball team used a seven-run third inning to propel itself past Florida International by the score of 9-3. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 5-3 overall on the season. The Golden Panthers fell to 5-9 overall on the year with Saturday's loss.
Down 1-0 after two innings, the `Cats put seven runs on the board against FIU starter Mark Worrell in the top of the third to take a 7-1 lead. Brian Newbold and Danny Poydenis each had two-run doubles in the inning for Villanova.
Wildcat freshman Mike Loree pitched well into the sixth inning in his first collegiate start for Villanova. Right-hander Dan Farino relieved Loree with two on and one out in the sixth and after a walk to load the bases, got pinch hitter Jimmy Bacon to ground into an inning ending double play.
Wildcat lefty Mike Ciccotelli came on in relief one inning later and pitched Villanova out of a jam to help the `Cats maintain a 7-3 advantage.
In the top of the ninth inning, the Wildcats added to their lead on a two-run home run the opposite way by sophomore catcher Jim Gillin. Gillin's first home run of the season gave Villanova a 9-3 lead.
Ciccotelli then shut the door on FIU in the bottom of the ninth to seal the 9-3 victory for the Wildcats.
Loree earned the win to improve to 1-0 on the year. He allowed three runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings, striking out three and walking two. Worrell took the loss for the Panthers to fall to 1-4.
At the plate for the `Cats, rightfielder Alan Day went three-for-four with a double and a RBI to extend his hit streak to seven games. In addition, Newbold was two-for-five with a double and two RBI and Poydenis was three-for-four with a double and two RBI.
The Wildcats will get back into action on Sunday, traveling back to Homestead, Fla., to take on the University of Detroit Titans at 5:30 p.m.