Molloy Steals the Show in Saturday's Game One Baseball Victory over Saint Peter's
March 13, 2004
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - Wildcat sophomore centerfielder Kris Molloy went a perfect three-for-three at the plate and stole a career-high four bases in a 10-4 victory by the Villanova baseball team over Saint Peter's in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, on March 13th, at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. Third baseman Angelo Petracca and rightfielder Alan Day each knocked in two runs apiece for the Wildcats, who improved to 11-4 overall on the season with the win.
Molloy kick-started the Villanova offense in the bottom of the first inning, manufacturing his own run to give the `Cats an early 1-0 lead. He walked to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Peacock catcher Mark Ortiz. With runners at the corners and no outs, Petracca took off for second base. Ortiz threw to second to try to throw out Petracca, but Molloy broke for home and slid in safely for his second steal of the inning, accounting for the Wildcats' first run of the game. Later in the inning, Petracca came around to score on a double play ground ball by third baseman Danny Poydenis to increase the Villanova lead to 2-0.
Saint Peter's rallied with two runs of its own in the top of the second inning to tie the contest up at 2-2. Leftfielder Jeff Prosocimo drove in the Peacocks' first run with an RBI groundout to cut the lead to 2-1. Centerfielder Nick Edwards tied the game at 2-2 one batter later, as he singled in Ortiz from third.
The Wildcats opened up the game in the bottom of the third, scoring three times to open up a 5-2 lead. Petracca knocked in the first two runs of the inning with a two-run single through the right side. His single scored Cardillo, who reached on a single to leadoff the inning, and Molloy who reached on an infield single and stole second for his third theft of the contest. The `Cats added one more run in the third on a bases loaded walk by shortstop Brian Trotta to take a 5-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Day lined a two-run single to center to give Villanova a commanding 7-2 lead.
From there, the `Cats took control going on to score twice more in the fifth and once in the sixth on an RBI infield single by freshman Alex Bardeguez to claim a 10-2 advantage.
After allowing two runs in the second inning, Villanova freshman starter Mike Loree settled down and cruised through the next four innings without allowing a run.
Sophomore right-hander Ted Aust relieved Loree in the seventh and allowed two Peacock runs (one earned). Aust got Saint Peter's shortstop Lou Proietti to ground back to the mound to end the game, giving the `Cats a 10-4 victory.
Loree got the win on the mound to improve to 3-0. He allowed just two runs on seven hits in six innings, striking out four and walking two. Peacock started Doug Grant took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in four innings.
At the plate for Villanova, Molloy (a transfer from UMass) went three-for-three with four stolen bases, three runs scored and one RBI. In addition, Petracca was two-for-three with three runs scored and two RBI, Day was two-for-three with one run and two RBI, and second baseman Mark Cardillo was two-for-three with two runs scored.