On Friday, March 20, the Villanova baseball team traveled to Lawrenceville, N.J., where they lost to the Rider University Broncs by a score of 18-6. With the loss, Villanova's five game win streak comes to a close as they fall to 8-4 on the season, while Rider improves to 3-6.
Villanova got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the top of the third. Rider came right back in the bottom of the third, as catcher Mike Ryan hit a solo home run. The Broncs tallied three runs in the fourth inning with the biggest hit being a two-run double by freshman Jim McTamney.
Rider registered seven runs in the sixth inning on six hits and then scored five runs on six hits in the seventh inning. The big hit of the Rider seventh was a grand slam home run by junior Jeff Orleski. For the game, Orleski was four-for-five with seven RBI and four runs scored.
The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh on a three-run double by freshman Matt Longo.
Freshman catcher Dan Glover led the Wildcat attack by going two-for-three with two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Freshman left-hander Matt Therien started for Villanova and was saddled with the loss. Therien pitched 3.1 innings, giving up four runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out one.
Villanova was scheduled to return to action against Pittsburgh in a Big East doubleheader on Saturday, March 21, but the games were canceled due to rain. The Wildcats are scheduled to play
Boston College in a doubleheader on Sunday, March 22 at McGeehan Field.