March 28, 2007
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Six players had two hits apiece and Villanova (10-9) broke out its bats on Wednesday afternoon in a 16-2 romp over New Jersey Tech (5-10) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Wildcats scored all of their runs in the first six innings and rapped out 17 hits in the winning effort.
Juniors Ryan Arcadia (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) and James Dolbier (Lebanon, N.J.) scored three runs apiece to lead the way for Villanova, which started the scoring early and continued throughout the early and middle innings. Arcadia had two hits a walk and three RBI along with two stolen bases, while Dolbier drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and singled along the way to crossing the plate three times.
Junior Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in while Andy Wendle (New London, Pa.) and Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) each had two hits and an RBI. The Wildcats had at least one hit in every inning along the way to their highest scoring output of the season.
Seven of the eight runs scored off of starting pitcher Matt Melody were unearned. New Jersey Tech committed four errors in the first three innings as Villanova surged to a big lead. Two separate runs scored on balks in the first inning and sophomore Joe Rosati (Havertown, Pa.) drove in a run in the second inning. Cotter and Arcadia had consecutive run-scoring hits in the third for the Wildcats.
On the mound, junior Ryan Wendler (Conshohocken, Pa.) made his second start of the season and recorded the win by allowing two earned runs on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out four and picked up the victory in his first decision of the season.
Following Wendler was a quartet of relievers that each pitched a scoreless inning. Three of the four were making their first collegiate appearances in the game, including freshman A.J. Anido (Devon, Pa.), redshirt freshman Micahel Mayer (Midland Park, N.J.) and senior Mike Lisavich (Salem, N.H.). Mayer struck out the side during a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Melody took the loss for the Highlanders, going three innings and allowing five hits and eight runs (one earned). Rob Pietrocola had two hits and a run scored for NJIT and Thomas Farina was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Villanova gets a day off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against Seton Hall. The series opener is on Friday at 3 p.m. with games also to be played on Saturday and Sunday at Noon.
NOTES: The 16 runs scored by the Wildcats matched their most in a game since a 19-9 victory over Norfolk State on Feb. 15, 2004 ... Villanova also scored 16 runs in a shutout win over La Salle last season ... The Wildcats used 21 players in the game and 11 of the 16 players that got at-bats had hits ... Junior Gus Guida (Martinsville, N.J.), the team's closer, started at third base and was 1-for-5 with two runs scored and RBI while handling five chances in the field ... Guida was the starting third baseman in 18 games last season before becoming a full-time reliever.