Wildcats Drop First Game in Florida 20-6 to Western Michigan
Feb. 29, 2008
BRADENTON, Fla. - Senior Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) hit his third home run in four games and he and classmate Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) drove in two runs apiece but Villanova (0-4) lost 20-6 to Western Michigan (3-1) on Friday afternoon at the IMG Sports Complex.
The Broncos broke the game open with a six-run third inning and later scored multiple runs in each of their last four at-bats. The Wildcats plated single runs in the first and fifth innings and scored twice each in the sixth and eighth innings.
The runs scored by Villanova in the first and fifth innings each came courtesy of run-scoring doubles by Shunk. Terpak added a home run in the eighth inning and the Wildcats tallied eight extra-base hits among their 11 hits for the day. Junior Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) added a pair of doubles as he and junior Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.) joined Shunka and Terpak with two hits apiece.
After Western Michigan put two runs across in the top of the first, junior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) led off the Villanova half with a triple to the fence in center field. One out later Shunk blooped a fly ball into shallow center field that fell between two diving players for a double. Sophomore Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.) led off the fifth inning with one of the team's six doubles in the game.
Junior Josh Eidell (Norristown, Pa.) allowed a two-run home run to Chris Lewis with one out in the first inning but recovered to set down the next two batters and then strike out Neal Miller looking to start the second. Three straight singles by the Broncos added the team's third run before the big third inning.
Lewis had four hits and four RBI for Western Michigan while scoring three runs and Zach Gentile and Derek Mosher each scored four times. The Broncos totaled 19 hits in the game and wound up scoring in seven of their nine times up. Ethan Hollingsworth earned the win with two earned runs on five hits through five innings pitched.
Junior Michael Mayer (Midland Park, N.J.) entered the game for the Wildcats with two outs in the top of the third and retired all seven batters he faced.
Villanova plays a doubleheader against Northeastern on Saturday at Manatee Community College. The first game begins at Noon and the second game will follow 30 minutes after its conclusion.
The triple by junior Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) in the bottom of the first inning was the fourth of his career and the first triple of the year for Villanova. Fifteen of the team's 27 hits this season have been for extra bases (seven doubles, one triple and seven home runs).
Junior Michael Mayer (Midland Park, N.J.) retired all seven batters he faced over 2 1/3 innings in relief. Each of Mayer's appearances this season has been for seven outs and they are the two longest outings of his career.
The 20 runs allowed by the Wildcats matched most since Seton Hall scored 20 against Villanova in the first game of a doubleheader on April 25, 2004. The Wildcats rebounded and won the nightcap that day, 7-4.