March 24, 2007
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth, visiting Louisville (15-8, 1-1 Big East) plated single runs in each of the first four innings and then broke the game open five runs in the sixth inning to beat Villanova (9-7, 1-1 Big East) and salvage a doubleheader split in the conference opener for both teams.
The Cardinals plated single runs in each of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead, but an error with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning let in two runs as the Wildcats cut the lead in half and pulled to within 4-2. Junior Tim Poydenis (Vero Beach, Fla.) singled with one out and sophomore Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) drew a walk to give Villanova two base-runners. With two outs, junior Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) reached when an in-between hop bounced away from the shortstop and both runners came home.
The Wildcat rally went for naught however, as defense played a key role in the top of the sixth inning when Louisville put the game out of reach with five runs. Villanova made two errors in the inning and surrendered three unearned runs in the frame, which included just three hits from the Cardinals. Boomer Whiting singled with a man on and both Logan Johnson and Daniel Burton had run-scoring singles that started the rally.
The Wildcats were close to getting out of the inning after a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over and a strikeout accounted for the second out. The next two batters reached on throwing errors, however, with three more runners coming in to score.
Junior Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was 1-for-3 and had the only other hit for Villanova, which was limited to three hits while committing five errors. Cardinal reliever Colby Wark pitched 3 1/3 hitless innings in relief and struck out seven to earn his second win of the season.
Johnson was 4-for-6 with three runs and two RBI in the game, while Whiting had two hits, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Alec Lowrey also had two hits for Louisville, which counted four extra-base hits among their 14 hits.
Junior Bill Hoffman (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) was charged with the loss for the Wildcats, allowing eight hits and six runs (four earned) over five-plus innings. Only one of the five runs given up by the Villanova bullpen was earned.
In the opening game on Saturday, the Wildcats scored a run in the bottom of the ninth and defeated the Cardinals 1-0. The win ended a five-game winning streak for Louisville. The rubber game of the three-game series is scheduled for Sunday at Noon.
NOTES: Shunk was 0-for-4 in the second game of the doubleheader and saw his hitting streak come to an end at a career-best 12 games ... His streak is the longest by a Villanova hitter this season ... Shunk hit a torrid .558 (29-for-52) with eight multi-hit games during the streak ... Junior Frank Jankowski (Berwick, Pa.) pitched the final three innings out of the bullpen for the Wildcats, allowing just one earned run while striking out two with no walks ... The three stolen bases by Whiting in the game gave him 30 for the season, tying the single-season record for the Cardinals.