March 15, 2008
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - In the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, Villanova (6-8) broke up a no-hit bid in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the winning runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat St. Peter's (5-4) by a score of 4-2 at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Wildcats went on to win the second game 7-5.
Villanova drew four walks and reached base once on an error through the first five six innings of the game but came to bat in the seventh inning trailing 2-0 and without a hit against Peacock starter Erik Miksitz. Junior Wesley Borden (State College, Pa.) ended the bid with one out in the seventh when his single plated the first Wildcat run. Senior Tim Poydenis (Vero Beach, Fla.) executed a successful safety squeeze to tie the game and the Wildcats were in business in a game they had trailed since the first inning.
Juniors Kyle Carver (Aldan, Pa.) and Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) drew consecutive walks to open the seventh against Miksitz, who wound up allowing one hits and walking six in seven innings of work. In the bottom of the eighth, senior Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) hit a line drive single to give Villanova the lead and senior Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) followed with a run-scoring double for an insurance run.
St. Peter's scored single runs in the first and second innings but did no further damage against Wildcat sophomore Kevin Crimmel (Harrisburg, Pa.). Technically making his first career start - an earlier start this season was washed out in the third inning - Crimmel allowed two earned runs on six hits in seven innings. After allowing Dave Lewandoski's leadoff double in the top of the second, he retired 18 of the last 22 batters he faced.
Senior Ryan Wendler (Conshohocken, Pa.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win and junior Josh Eidell (Norristown, Pa.) struck out the side in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Santo Maertz singled with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning to score the first Peacocks run and Dennis Alexander lifted a sacrifice fly to right field in the second for a 2-0 lead. In the early innings, Villanova was easily kept off balance by the methodical windup and effective breaking pitches of Miksits, who retired 11 straight from the first through the fourth innings.
Maertz and Conor Mullee had two hits apiece for St. Peter's, which outhit the Wildcats 7-4. Jeff Bayse took the decision on the short end for the Peacocks, allowing the two runs (one earned) in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Freshman Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) had an eight-game hitting streak snapped in the game but still reached base twice via a base on balls to keep his on-base percentage for the season at .500.