Wildcats Back to Winning Form in 10-1 Victory over St. Peter's
April 11, 2007
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. - Junior Ryan Wendler (Conshohocken, Pa.) pitched four perfect innings and the offense produced seven runs in the second inning of a 10-1 victory for Villanova (14-14) on Wednesday afternoon against St. Peter's (16-15) at the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak and limited the Peacocks to just five hits in the game.
On a pitch count due to an upcoming conference series this weekend against University of South Florida, Wendler (2-0, 7.64) retired all 12 batters he faced, half of them on strikeouts. After he came out of the game, five relievers each worked one inning, with just an unearned run coming across for St. Peter's in the top of the fifth inning.
By that point in the game Villanova had the game in hand, as a seven-run second inning provided an early cushion. Junior Derek Shunk (Yardley, Pa.) hit a three-run double with the bases loaded and junior Dan Terpak (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) hit a run-scoring double on successive pitches during the inning, which started with an RBI groundout by senior Andy Wendle (New London, Pa.) and an RBI single off the bat of sophomore Joe Cotter (Bryn Mawr, Pa.).
Terpak also hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and Cotter added his second run-scoring single of the game as the Wildcats extended their lead to 9-1. The game's final run scored in the eighth inning when freshman Tommy Grandieri (Media, Pa.) walked with the bases loaded.
Freshman Justin Bencsko (Pompton Plains, N.J.) had a game-high three hits and Cotter finished with two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Terpak and junior Robert Parks (Brick, N.J.) each had two hits for Villanova. The team had 14 hits in the game and drew six walks from the Peacock pitching staff.
Jim O'Brien had an RBI double in the fifth inning that scored Santo Maertz for St. Peter's. The Peacocks counted a pair of doubles among their five hits in the game. Wildcat pitching racked up 12 strikeouts in the contest, matching the second-highest total of the season.
Kevin Kallert (3-1, 7.56) allowed seven earned runs on five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings to take the loss for St. Peter's. O'Brien had two hits and the run batted in for the Peacocks.
Villanova begins a three-game home series against BIG EAST foe University of South Florida on Friday at 3 p.m. The teams also play on Saturday and Sunday at Noon. This weekend will be the first games ever between the two teams in baseball.