March 8, 2006
BRADENTON, Fla. - A three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth stalled what was shaping up to be the Wildcats' second rally in as many days, and Villanova (6-5) saw its four-game winning streak snapped by Toledo (5-2) in a 9-5 loss on Wednesday at Academy Park. The Wildcats finished their five-game swing through Bradenton with a 4-1 record.
Villanova plated single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull to within 6-5 of the Rockets, who had taken the lead during a four-run fifth inning. However, Toledo opened the bottom of the eighth inning with three straight singles, and a two-run single later in the inning finally put the game out of reach.
Sophomore James Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) reached base in all five of his plate appearances and the Wildcats had 10 hits on the day. Dolbier was 3-for-3 with a walk and hit by pitch, while redshirt junior Jim Gillin (Broomall, Pa.) had one hit and drove in two runs. Senior Kris Molloy (Hillsborough, N.J.) was 1-for-1 with three walks and sophomore Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) had one hit with a run scored and RBI.
Villanova opened the scoring with a run in the first inning and added two more runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Ryan Arcadia (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) reached base leading off in each of those innings, and came around to score both times. He scored on Shunk's RBI-single in the first, while senior Jeremy Hunt (Tampa, Fla.) and Gillin each had run-scoring singles in the third inning.
Travis Pilewski hit a two-run home run in a four-run fifth inning that gave the Rockets the lead for good at 6-3. Senior Craig Mirsky (Holland, Pa.) doubled home a run in the sixth inning and Gillin hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to get within one run, but the Wildcats drew no closer in the final two innings.
Toledo rapped out 15 hits on the day, including three each by Joel Visser and Jake Swint. Starting pitcher Todd Thomas allowed seven hits and three runs while walking four in the first five innings to pick up his first win of the season.
The Wildcats will return home and play their home opener on Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Cornell.
NOTES: Villanova is now 15-5 (.750) in games played in the state of Florida during head coach Joe Godri's five-year tenure ... The team went 4-1 during this season's trip, including wins over IPFW (15-12), Central Michigan (8-7), Holy Cross (6-5) and Duquesne (11-6) ... Mirsky was 1-for-3 in today's game and laid down two sacrifice bunts ... Molloy and Shunk each had hits in all five games of the Florida trip ... The game against Cornell on Friday afternoon will be the opener of the Villanova Baseball Classic ... The Wildcats will also play Central Connecticut State on Saturday at Noon before hosting Cornell again on Sunday at Noon.