March 16, 2012
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Freshman starting pitcher Tyler Radtke (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) retired 18 of the 19 batters he faced and was in complete command for six shutout innings as Villanova (12-6) opened the Big Five Baseball Bash with a 14-3 win over NYIT (2-8) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday afternoon. Junior catcher Brandon Clark (Spring, Texas) and freshman first baseman Brandon Carr (Danville, Calif.) each drove in four runs for the Wildcats, who scored six times in the bottom of the third and led 10-0 after four innings.
Radtke (1-0, 2.18 ERA) retired the first 15 batters he faced through five innings before the Bears finally got a man on when Nick Dellasperanza singled leading off the top of the sixth inning. Radtke set down three more in a row to finish his outing, which included five strikeouts and just 63 pitches to get through 19 batters faced. He threw 68 percent of his pitches for strikes and went to three balls on a batter just once.
While he was mowing down the NYIT hitters the Villanova offense continued to fire on all cylinders. Carr had a team-high three hits, including a pair of doubles, while Clark drove in four runs in the first four innings thanks to a two-run triple and a two-run single. Junior second baseman Tyler Sciacca (Staten Island, N.Y.) went 2-for-2 with three walks and four runs scored and senior left fielder Matt Fleishman (East Northport, N.Y.) had two hits and two runs batted in.
In addition to winning for the 12th time in the last 15 games the Wildcats also had 10 or more hits for the seventh time in the last eight contests. Senior shortstop Marlon Calbi (Montclair, N.J.) also had a two-hit game and eight different batters had hits overall in Friday afternoon's victory.
Calbi singled to right-center field on the first pitch thrown in the bottom of the first inning, moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior third baseman Kevin Wager (Holden, Mo.) and scored when Fleishman hit the first pitch he saw for a run-scoring single down the left field line. Sophomore right fielder Connor Jones (Chandler, Ariz.) followed with an RBI single to plate Fleishman and the onslaught of runs had begun.
In the bottom of the third inning Villanova sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs on five hits. Clark hit a two-run triple to right, Carr singled to bring him home, Wager added an RBI single and Fleishman hit a sacrifice fly before all was said and done. Clark also drilled a two-run single straight back up the middle in the fourth to extend the early margin to 10-0.
Carr hit an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning and crushed another double off the fence in right field to drive in the last two runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Five walks and four stolen bases rounded out the offensive highlights for the Wildcats, who are now batting .314 as a team with a .391 on-base percentage for the season.
As good as the offense has been, equally good have been the efforts of Radtke on the mound in his first six collegiate outings. Radtke has thrown 20 2/3 innings on the season and is holding opposing batters to a .183 average against him. He has made two starts among his six appearances and has struck out 10 in 12 1/3 innings while yielding just six hits and two earned runs.
Villanova is hosting the Big Five Baseball Bash this weekend along with fellow Big Five schools La Salle, Saint Joseph's and Temple. The second game of the tournament for the Wildcats is against Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m.
NOTES: Fleishman extended his current hitting streak to nine games with his single in the first inning ... He had hits in each of his first two at-bats, both coming on the first pitch that he saw ... He is batting .528 (19-for-36) during his hitting streak and has hit safely in 16 of 18 games this season, with 11 multi-hit games ... Fleishman (.470) and Sciacca (.412) are both batting above .400 on the year.