Villanova Baseball Hammers Saint Joseph's, 14-3
March 23, 2004
NORRISTOWN, PA. - A nine-day layoff didn't seem to hamper the Villanova offense on Tuesday, March 23rd at Latshaw-McCarthy Field, as the Wildcats pounded Saint Joseph's pitching for 14 runs on 15 hits in a 14-3 victory over the Hawks. The three through six spots in the Villanova lineup combined to go nine-for-18 with two home runs and eight RBI for the Wildcats, who improved to 13-5 overall on the season with the win. Saint Joseph's fell to 4-19 on the year with Tuesday's loss.
With the `Cats down 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, designated hitter Danny Poydenis stepped to the plate and crushed a 3-1 offering by Hawk pitcher Joel Grimshaw over the leftfield wall to tie the game at 1-1. First baseman Adrian Schau followed with a home run of his own, as the Wildcats hit back-to-back long balls for the first time this season. The home run by Schau, his second of the year, gave Villanova its first lead of the game at 2-1. The Wildcats added two more runs in the inning on RBI by second baseman Mark Cardillo and centerfielder Kris Molloy to claim a 4-1 advantage.
Saint Joseph's caught a break in the bottom of the fourth inning, taking advantage of a Villanova miscue to cut the Wildcat lead to 4-3. With the bases loaded and no outs, Villanova reliever Nick Allen got Dustin Onulak to ground to the mound to force the runner on third out at the plate. He followed with a strikeout of Brian Schappert for the second out of the inning as the `Cats appeared to be getting out of the inning unharmed. With two outs and the bases loaded, Hawk designated hitter Mike Gentile reached on an error allowing two Saint Joseph's runs to come across and trim the Villanova lead to 4-3.
One inning later, in the top of the fifth, the `Cats added to their lead as Schau registered a sacrifice fly to increase the Villanova lead to 5-3.
The Wildcats broke open a two-run game in the top of the seventh inning, putting an eight-spot on the board to take a commanding 13-3 lead. Rightfielder Alan Day and Poydenis each had two-run singles in the inning for Villanova, while Molloy, catcher Kelly Pickel, and third baseman Angelo Petracca accounted for the other RBI.
The `Cats capped off their scoring in the top of the eighth inning, getting an RBI single by Day to cruise to the 14-3 victory. The game was called after the eighth inning due to darkness.
Freshman right-hander Kevin Mulvey (2-2) got the win for the Wildcats on the mound, allowing one run on four hits in three innings, striking out two and walking one. Allen came on and threw two solid innings of relief, giving up just two unearned runs while striking out two. Freshman right-hander Mike Loree and sophomore righty Ted Aust wound down the game with three combined scoreless innings of relief to help seal the win. Loree struck out a game-high six batters for Villanova.
Grimshaw (0-1) took the loss for the Hawks, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits in one inning of work.
At the plate for the Wildcats, Day went three-for-six with two runs scored and three RBI and Poydenis went two-for-three with a home run and three RBI. In addition, Schau went two-for-four with a home run and two RBI and Molloy went three-for-four with two RBI.
Villanova will get back into action on Wednesday, March 24th, hosting the Temple Owls at 3:00 p.m., at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.