March 15, 2008
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Villanova (7-8) took advantage of a sloppy game played by St. Peter's (5-5) in the second game of a doubleheader and swept Saturday afternoon's twin-bill at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth with a 7-5 win in the nightcap.
Today's doubleheader replaces the originally scheduled game against Binghamton on Sunday afternoon. That game is cancelled due to the forecast for rain on Sunday morning and will not be made up.
The Wildcats built a 6-1 lead through five innings on just four hits and then held off a late rally attempt by the Peacocks. Senior James Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) grounded out to drive home a run in the first inning and junior Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) walked and eventually scored on an error in the fourth.
A sacrifice fly in the fifth inning got St. Peter's on the board but in the bottom of the frame three hits proved to be enough for Villanova to score four runs. Dolbier singled and stole second to start the inning and then scored when senior Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) reached on the first of three errors committed by the Peacocks in the inning.
Terpak scored when junior Matt McFolling (Chicago, Ill.) singled through the right side and the ball was misplayed on the throw back to the infield. Later in the inning, freshman Dain Hall (Barrington, Ill.) singled home McFolling and an error on that play allowed senior Ryan Arcadia (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) to also score.
Senior Bill Hoffman (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) started and went a season-high 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win of the year. Hoffman (1-0, 9.26 ERA) allowed only four hits and three runs (two earned) while walking three and striking out three.
St. Peter's wound up committing seven errors in the game but nearly rallied back from the five-run deficit. Brandon Edwards scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh inning and Ryan Burke grounded out to bring in a second run and trim the deficit to 6-3.
The insurance run proved to be critical when the Peacocks added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning to get within 7-5.
Senior Gus Guida (Martinsville, N.J.) slammed the door shut on St. Peter's, going the last 1 1/3 innings and striking out two for his first save of the season.
Villanova received 14 free passes thanks to 10 walks and four hit batters by St. Peter's pitching. Shunk was the only player with more than one hit but eight of the nine hitters in the lineup reached base safely via a hit or a walk.
Kevin Kallert allowed three runs (one earned) in four innings to take the loss. He allowed two hits but walked six and struck out only one. Edwards, Joe Romano and Claude Jones each had two hits for the Peacocks.
The Wildcats won the opening game of the day 4-2.
Villanova returns to action on Tuesday afternoon at Saint Joseph's at 3 p.m.