March 27, 2004
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - Junior pitcher Nick Allen threw a complete game for the victory and leftfielder Brian Newbold went two-for-three with two doubles and an RBI as the Villanova baseball team won its 2004 Big East Conference opener, 3-1, over the University of Connecticut on Saturday, March 27th at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 15-5 overall on the year and 1-0 in Big East play. The Huskies fell to 9-7 and 0-1 on the season with Saturday's game one loss.
Villanova broke open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Designated hitter Danny Poydenis walked to leadoff the inning and scored one batter later on a double by Newbold as the `Cats took the 1-0 lead. Newbold would come around to score later in the inning on an RBI groundout by catcher Jim Gillin as the Wildcats extended their lead to 2-0.
Two innings later, in the bottom of the fourth, Villanova added to its lead. First baseman Adrian Schau singled with one out in the inning and later scored on an RBI single by second baseman Mark Cardillo giving the `Cats a 3-0 advantage.
Allen shut down the Husky offense through the first four innings, scattering three hits and striking out two batters.
In the top of the fifth inning, Connecticut used a Wildcat miscue to find its way on the scoreboard. With two outs and runners at the corners, a ground ball to shortstop appeared to be the final out of the inning, but a Villanova error allowed third baseman Marc Peluso to come home with the Huskies first run, cutting the Wildcats' lead to 3-1.
Allen took control from there getting an inning ending double play in the sixth inning to end a UConn threat, and getting second baseman Dave Tokarz to groundout to second with one on in the final inning to give Villanova the 3-1 victory.
Allen (2-0) earned his second victory, allowing just one unearned run on six hits in seven innings, striking out two and walking three.