March 15, 2003
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. - In game two of a Saturday doubleheader on March 15 in Princess Anne, Md., the Villanova baseball team was clicking on all cylinders as the Wildcats hammered the University Maryland Eastern Shore, 14-1, in a game shortened to five innings The `Cats offense erupted for 14 runs on 14 hits and senior right-hander Tom Kandybowicz gave Villanova an outstanding start to pick up his first win of the season. The Wildcats upped their record to 2-8 on the year with the win, while the Hawks fell to 1-5.
Villanova got a tremendous start offensively, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Senior left fielder Brian Newbold started the scoring with a single to left which plated two runs to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, sophomore right fielder Alan Day doubled in Newbold to add to Villanova's advantage. The `Cats would add two more in the inning on a bases loaded walk by sophomore second baseman Mark Cardillo and a sac fly by junior shortstop Brian Trotta to up the Villanova lead to 5-0.
Two innings later, the Wildcats put three more runs on the board to blow open the game, 8-0. The big blow in the third inning came on a two-out, two-run double by senior designated hitter Mitch Mitchell.
Villanova wound down its scoring with four in the fourth and two in the fifth as the Wildcats went on for a 14-1 victory. Capping off the scoring was freshman Omar Saade who posted his first career hit and RBI with a fifth inning RBI single.
On the other side of the field, the Hawks offense was being held in check by Kandybowicz, who strick out five and allowed just one run in five innings to pick up the win. Kaz Beverly (0-1) took the loss for UM Eastern Shore, surrendering eight runs in two and two-thirds innings.
Villanova had a number of offensive standouts in the game. Senior center fielder Chris Graziano was one-for-one with two runs scored, two stolen bases and one RBI. Junior third baseman Danny Poydenis finished the game two-for-four with a double, stolen base and RBI. Newbold was two-for-four with two RBI. Senior Ryan Crammer went two-for-two with a double. Mitchell and Trotta each tallied two RBI in the contest.
Villanova and UM Eastern Shore with wind down the series with a single game on Sunday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m.