Trotta's Hot Hitting Helps Lead Wildcats Past Hawks
April 6, 2004
PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. - Shortstop Brian Trotta kept up his hot hitting going three-for-four with two RBI as the Villanova baseball team broke its three-game losing skid by defeating cross-town rival Saint Joseph's, 7-3, on Tuesday, April 6th at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. Trotta is batting .500 (8-for-16) over his last four games, with six runs scored and five RBI during that stretch. The Wildcats improved to 18-8-1 overall on the season with the victory. It was the `Cats second victory in two games this season over the Hawks, who fell to 6-27 on the year.
Saint Joseph's got off to a good start on Tuesday, scoring twice in the first inning to claim an early 2-0 lead. Hawks' centerfielder Ryan Stadanlick gave Saint Joseph's its first lead with an RBI single through the right side off of Villanova starter Jake Wolff. Following a Wildcat error that allowed the Hawks to load the bases, leftfielder Matt Godusky extended the SJU lead to 2-0 on an RBI groundout to second base. With two on and two outs, Wolff was able to get out of any further trouble by striking out third baseman Adriano Petrutz for the final out of the inning.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Wildcats rallied with three runs to take their first lead of the contest at 3-2. Leftfielder Brian Newbold and first baseman Adrian Schau walked to leadoff the inning for Villanova, and with one out, advanced to second and third on a passed ball by Hawks' catcher Dustin Onulak. Trotta followed with a two-run single up the middle to tie the game up at 2-2. Later in the inning, the `Cats scored the go-ahead as Trotta came home on a Saint Joseph's error to give Villanova a 3-2 advantage.
The game would stay that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Wildcats added a run to increase their lead to 4-2. The `Cats did so without a hit in the inning. Hawk reliever Joel Grimshaw walked centerfielder Kris Molloy to begin the inning and hit rightfielder Alan Day with a pitch to move Molloy into scoring position. With Wildcat third baseman Angelo Petracca at the plate, Grimshaw uncorked a wild pitch that allowed both runners to move up a base. After a strikeout by Petracca, Newbold lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Molloy with the team's fourth run of the game.
One inning later, a Saint Joseph's error and three wild pitches helped Villanova score twice more and take a 6-2 lead. Molloy had an RBI in the inning for the `Cats.
After five strong innings by Wolff, freshman Nate Hall came on in relief for the Wildcats. Hall threw a scoreless sixth and seventh inning for Villanova as the `Cats maintained their 6-2 lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, Hall ran into his first bit of trouble. With runners on first and second, a wild pitch by Hall allowed Stadanlick to move up to third base. Rightfielder Nick Baldasari followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Stadanlick to trim the Wildcat lead to 6-3. The Hawks had runners at first and second with one out, when lefty Mike Ciccotelli was called upon from the bullpen. Ciccotelli got the next two batters out on five pitches - including pinch hitter Joe DiNubile on a strikeout swinging - to end the inning.
The `Cats regained their four-run lead one inning later as Newbold posted an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to pad the Villanova advantage to 7-3.
After Ciccotelli struck out first baseman Mike Gentile to begin the top of the ninth inning, Schau came on for the Wildcats and struck out the final two batters of the game, giving Villanova the 7-3 win.
Wolff (2-1) earned the win on the mound for the Wildcats, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings, striking out two and walking two.
Left-hander Bill McCollum (0-5) took the loss for Saint Joseph's, giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks in two innings. Hawk pitchers walked nine and had seven wild pitches in the game.
At the plate for the `Cats, Trotta went three-for-four with two runs and two RBI. In addition, Newbold was two-for-three with two RBI and catcher Jim Gillin was two-for-three with a run scored.
Stadanlick was two-for-four with one run scored and one RBI in the game for the Hawks.
Villanova will get back into action on Thursday, April 8th, hosting Boston College for a Big Easr Conference doubleheader at noon, at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth.