Feb. 29, 2004
HOMESTEAD, FLA. - The Villanova baseball team rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to defeat the University of Detroit, 9-3, on Sunday, Feb. 29th at the Homestead Sports Complex. The win was the Wildcats' third straight victory, improving their record to 6-3 overall on the season. The Titans fell to 0-4 with the loss.
Villanova got on the scoreboard first on Sunday, scoring once in the top of the first inning to claim an early 1-0 lead. Senior leftfielder Brian Newbold had a sacrifice fly to account for the Wildcat run.
In the bottom of the first inning, Detroit scored three early runs off Villanova freshman starter Kevin Mulvey. Mulvey walked the first two batters and gave up a bloop hit to load the bases. Tim Poley gave the Titans the lead, 2-1, on a two-run single to right-center. Jamey Embree added an RBI groundout later in the inning to increase the Detroit lead to 3-1.
Mulvey would settle down and shut down the Titans offense paving the way for a Wildcat rally in the fourth inning. Villanova took advantage of two Detroit errors in the inning, scoring four times to regain the lead at 5-3. Junior third baseman Angelo Petracca had an RBI double in the inning for the `Cats.
Villanova added to its lead in the sixth inning, getting an RBI single by Newbold to make it a 6-3 ballgame.
The Wildcats capped off their scoring in the top of the ninth inning, scoring three insurance runs to cruise to the 9-3 victory. Sophomore catcher Jim Gillin had an RBI single in the inning for Villanova, while sophomore centerfielder Kris Molloy added a two-run double.
It was the Wildcat bullpen that would end up sealing the win. Junior Mike Grodecki came on in the sixth inning and threw two shutout innings, striking out five batters. Senior Adrian Schau pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the `Cats, shutting down the Titans and striking out four to pick up the save.
Mulvey (1-1) picked up his first collegiate win for the Wildcats, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings, walking four and striking out two.
At the plate for Villanova, Petracca went four-for-six with three doubles, two runs scored and one RBI. Junior rightfielder Alan Day kept up his hot hitting, going two-for-five to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Taking the loss on the mound for Detroit was Bob Lothian (0-1) who surrendered six runs (four earned) on 10 hits, striking out six and walking three. At the plate for the Titans, Poley went one-for-four with two RBI.
The Wildcats will get back into action on Tuesday, March 2nd, taking on the Maine Black Bears at 2:30 p.m.