March 3, 2004
HOMESTEAD, FLA. - The Villanova baseball team completed a Florida sweep on Wednesday at the Papa John's Homestead Challenge, defeating Detroit for the second time in four days, 7-3, to finish 5-0 on its southern swing to Homestead, Fla. With the win, the Wildcats improved their record to 8-3 on the season.
Freshman right-hander Bill Hoffman took the mound for his first collegiate start on Wednesday for the `Cats. Hoffman struggled with his control early in the game, walking three batters to load the bases in the top of the first inning. The following batter, Alex Martin, reached on an error by Wildcat third baseman Danny Poydenis allowing Jason Chapieski to score and give the Titans a 1-0 lead.
Villanova fought back in the bottom of the first inning with two runs of its own to claim the lead at 2-1. With two outs and runners at the corners, first baseman Adrian Schau doubled to the right-center field gap to score Brian Newbold and Danny Poydenis with the tying and go-ahead runs.
One inning later, the Wildcats added to their lead with two more runs to make it a 4-1 ballgame. Shortstop Brian Trotta, who led the inning off with a walk, came around to score on a throwing error by Detroit leftfielder Mark Moehlig. Later in the inning, Poydenis tripled home centerfielder Kris Molloy to give the `Cats a 4-1 advantage.
The Titans trimmed the Villanova lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Detroit strung three hits together in the inning, scoring one run on two-out RBI single to center by third baseman Nick Smith.
The Wildcats got the run back in the bottom of the fourth inning, plus several more to open up a commanding 7-2 lead. Freshman Kai Beasley forced in a run with a bases loaded walk for Villanova's first run of the inning. The RBI was the first of Beasley's career. With the bases still loaded, Dan Doberowsky came on in relief of Mike Czerwieniec for the Titans. Wildcat leftfielder Brian Newbold lined a single up the middle that was stopped by shortstop Kyle Crepeau, who was unable to make a throw. Molloy scored on the play to give Villanova a 6-2 lead. The Wildcats scored once more in the inning on a RBI fielder's choice groundball to third base by Schau - his third RBI of the day - giving the `Cats a 7-2 advantage after five full.
Coming on in relief of Hoffman for Villanova to start the fifth inning was Wildcat right-hander Ted Aust. Doing a tremendous job of changing speeds and fooling Titan hitters with a combination of off-speed pitchers, Aust cruised through the fifth, sixth and seventh innings allowing just two hits while striking out one.
Freshman Nate Hall relieved Aust to start the eighth inning and allowed one run in his first career appearance as a Wildcat. Chapieski, who got on base via a Hall walk for Detroit, came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch.
Due to travel and time constraints, the game was called after the eighth inning with Villanova taking the 7-3 victory.
Aust got the win for the `Cats to improve to 1-0 on the year. Czerwieniec took the loss on the mound for the Titans.
At the plate for the Wildcats, Newbold went two-for-three with a double and an RBI, while Schau went one-for-four with a double and three RBI.
Villanova will get back into action on Friday, hosting Army in the Wildcats' 2004 home opener and the first game of the Villanova Classic Tournament at 2:30 p.m., at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The game can be heard live on Villanova.com internet ausiocast.