Ninth Inning Wildcat Rally Falls Just Short in Game Two Loss to Saint Peter's
March 13, 2004
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - The Villanova baseball team's rally from a five-run ninth inning deficit fell just short as the Wildcats fell to Saint Peter's, 8-6, in game two of a Saturday doubleheader on March 13th, at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Peacocks (1-4) used an eight-run fifth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and go on for their first win of the season. Villanova fell to 11-5 overall on the year with the loss.
The Wildcats' early game trends continued in Saturday's second game, as Villanova took the contest's first lead with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. The `Cats took advantage of two Saint Peter's errors in the inning - scoring their first run on an error by Peacock third baseman Chris Hernandez and their second run on an RBI groundout by catcher Kelly Pickel to take a 2-0 lead.
Villanova added one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by second baseman Mark Cardillo to increase its advantage to 3-0.
Wildcat freshman starter Kevin Mulvey sailed through the first four innings, taking a no-hitter into the fifth. Disaster struck for Villanova in the top of the fifth, as Saint Peter's put an eight-spot on the scoreboard to take its first lead of the day at 8-3. Four walks, five hits, a hit batter and an error by the Wildcats helped the Peacocks rally and eventually take a commanding five run lead. The `Cats used three pitchers in the inning as Dan Farino relieved Mulvey and Mike Grodecki came on in place of Farino to finally stop the bleeding for Villanova.
Despite an ever-increasing pitch count, Saint Peter's starter Sean Spicer kept plugging away and sent the game into the ninth inning with the Peacocks leading 8-3.
Freshman right-hander Jose Pinto relieved Spicer to start the ninth inning, after the Saint Peter's starter threw 158 pitches in eight innings. The Wildcats used some clutch two-out hitting to rally against Pinto and the Peacocks in the ninth. Centerfielder Kris Molloy knocked in Trotta with an RBI double to leftfield to cut the Saint Peter's lead to 8-4. One batter later with runners at second and third, Petracca drove a two-run single to left-center to make it an 8-6 ballgame. Rightfielder Alan Day followed with a double to left-center moving Petracca to third and putting the tying run on second base. Pinto was able to get out of the jam, getting designated hitter Danny Poydenis to groundout to short to end the game.
Spicer got the win for the Peacocks, allowing three runs (one earned) in eight innings, striking out two and walking three. Mulvey took the loss for the `Cats to fall to 1-2, surrendering five runs in four and one-third innings. Grodecki (two and two-thirds scoreless innings) and Joe McCoy (two scoreless innings) pitched well for Villanova out of the bullpen.
Petracca (two RBI) and Cardillo each had two hits at the plate for the Wildcats. Second baseman Rob Scordaro went two-for-five with one RBI offensively for Saint Peter's.
Villanova will get back into action on Sunday, March 14th, hosting Cornell for a single game beginning at noon.